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Chest Pain and Arm Hurting


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  • Chest Pain and Arm Hurting

    I was just curious how many people have chestpain with their left arm hurting and is this common with HCM?

    Diagnosed 2003
    Myectomy 2-23-2004
    Husband: Ken
    Son: John diagnosed 2004
    Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

    Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

  • #2
    Hi Shirley,

    Hope you are doing well. I'm slowly recovering from the myectomy. I never had arm pain associated with chest pain prior to my myectomy. But since the surgery I have noticed a slight ache on the left side of my chest and left arm. Maybe this is related to my sternum healing??

    Take care of yourself,

    Age 38, dad of two young children, dx 1996, myectomy March 2005, a-fib issues, due for ICD soon.


    • #3
      I always have left arm pain with chest pain. It is not a sharp pain but it feels like my chest gets tight and then the tightness radiates all the way down my left arm.


      • #4
        Prior to my myectomy I would get left arm pain if the chest pain persisted.( mid sternum and left chest area ) For me it varied in degrees, duration, and intensity.

        The pain nowadays is immediate left arm type chest pain . Adding a CCB along with my beta blocker helps me reduce this occurence of left arm, radiating, chest pain.
        Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
        Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
        Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
        SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
        [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
        Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
        Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
        Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin


        • #5
          I recently have been having tight chest and left arm throbbing, sometimes numbness. i see the specialists on Mon. Hope I'm okay.
          \"When I\'m gone and people think of me... I want them to smile and laugh.\" Jason Caldwell


          • #6

            Is this something new for you? If so, you may want to ask about it. I know that you are reluctant to see doctors right now, but it is worth checking out.

            As far as whether others have this, I think the answer is that many of us do. I recall a thread where many wrote about the location of their heart pains and this one turned up often.

            Chest and left arm pain were my first clear symptoms. I had had a squeezing pain in my back since childhood whenever I exerted myself, but never associated this with heart. However, when I was about 30 my husband and I went jogging every night and every night I had to quit because of chest and left arm pain. My husband nagged me to check it out, but it took 25 more years before I got bad enough to be diagnosed.



            • #7
              I too have chest pain & some times it radiates to my left shoulder. I take Imdur, which is a long term nitrate, so it opens my blood vessels (not a very clinical explanation), but it does help the pain. I also use a nitro spray when the pain is very bad. I did not have these episodes prior to my myectomy, but it's just a progression of the disease!
              Talk w/Dr (always a pleasant experience, right?) about Imdur.
              I also experience this sensation in my chest, as if a balloon is being blown up inside. Does anyone else experience this?


              • #8
                chest pain and arm hurting

                Hi Shirley,

                I'm quite new to all of this as i was only diagnosed 3 weeks ago but a few weeks before i was diagnosed i had a thumping that started in my chest and worked it's way up to my throat while i was in bed during this my left arm went completely dead and i couldn't move it.i am not on any medication as yet so can't put it down to this.