Referred pain from the thoracic spine (mid back) and referred pain from the cervical spine (neck) can both make people feel as if they are having a heart attack.
This very thing happened to a friend of mine this week and that is why I thought it would be appropriate to discuss.
She rose from the couch and immediately got a sharp stabbing pain on the left side of her chest/ribs. As she would take a deep breath the pain became sharper and more intense. The only relief that she could get was from bending forward but even that did not totally relieve her pain. The pain was so bad initially that she was feeling nauseous. Of course my friend immediately thought she was having a heart attack because of the chest pain and difficulty taking a deep breath. Was my friend crazy for thinking she was having a heart attack? Lets look at the “symptoms of a heart attack” as published by the American Heart Association.
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