New chest pains when suddenly scared

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Submitted by Dr T on July 8, 2011 – 9:39am

Question: 
I recently was driving and thought I was going to be hit by an oncoming vehicle.  I was very suddenly scared.  When this happened my entire left arm went numb and it almost seemed paralyzed with this feeling slowly wearing off over 30 minutes.  I had chest pain, mostly left side.  I told my doctor about this a few weeks after it happened and she didn’t tell me what it might have been, but sent me for an EKG and wants me to get a stress test and chest x-ray.  I tried to look this up on the Internet, but can’t really find anything about what it might be.  Since then I have had similar sensations again when driving when something happens suddenly and I am faced with potential vehicle accidents.

You doctor wants to exclude the possibility your new symptoms are angina pains, caused by coronary artery disease (CAD). Of course there are many other reasons why you might have developed a new chest pain, such as a sudden strain when you tried to get out of the way!

You can read more about chest pains, angina and heart disease here:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/ca-blog/chest-pain/
https://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-information/coronary-artery-disease
https://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-information/coronary-artery-disease
A stress test is a good way to test for CAD:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-diagnosis/exercise-stress-t
Check here for your risk of developing heart disease:
https://www.cardiachealth.org/risks-benefits/cardiovascular-risk

Hope this helps,
Dr T
https://www.cardiachealth.org/

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