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Tingling, numbness in hands, arms, chest pressure. EKG shows blood behind heart. Cure?

I have recently had tingling and numbness in both hands and lower arms , slight pressure in centre chest , had a ekg which showed some blood behind the heart, am having a fair bit of difficulty breathing and have an apt at the heart institute for a test nest week. forget the name of the test at the moment. a senior moment. could the tingling and numbness be a part of the heart problem if their is a heart problem. am using two puffers at present.
Asked On : Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is not common for a heart problem to present with tingling and numbness of the hands. Your problems are more suggestive of a nerve-related problem. There could be two possibilities:

1) a peripheral neuropathy - which is a condition where there is damage to the small nerves in the peripheral areas like hands and legs. It can be seen in a variety of conditions, like diabetes, certain vitamin deficiencies, etc.
2) a cervical spinal problem, e.g. a cervical spondylosis, where there can be compression or irritation of the cervical spinal nerve roots, and this can cause symptoms like tingling or numbness of the upper limbs.

You need to have a thorough neurological examination to ascertain the nature and extent of your problem. So, I suggest that you report this problem to your doctor and get yourself examined.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Answered: Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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