Soreness in my left arm and heart disease in women

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Q:

Hi there, I’ve had intermittent discomfort (similar to a sore ache) in my left arm for a few weeks now (with occasional numbing in my left fingertips).  I have also experienced weakness in my left leg.  The discomfort is also intermittent in left side chest area.  I am wondering if this is muscle related or is it something I would need to have investigated more thoroughly?  I’m 49 years old and there is a history of heart disease in my family.  My father and brother both died suddenly in their mid 40’s and my mother died from a stroke.  Many thanks!

A:

Your symptoms don’t appear cardiac, but rather neurological in origin. Of course, I only know your gender,age and family history and women often have atypical symptoms:
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/heart-information/coronary-artery-disease
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/ca-blog/women-and-heart-disease-facts/#mo
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/app/risk-assessment.php
I certainly recommend you get yourself checked out!
Hope this helps,
Dr T
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/

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