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Is My Chest Pain a Sign Of a Heart Attack? (Common Sense Medicine)

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Are you having a heart attack? Many people call 911 or get driven to the emergency room with chest pain or left sided arm pain. The big question: Am I having a heart attack? Most of them aren't. Dr. Berglund's hope with this video is to help you understand the difference between true emergency heart-related symptoms and other causes of chest pain. Of course, if it's not clear or you have shortness of breath and/or a "heaviness" or "squeezing" sensation on your chest following exertion or stress, just call 911 and skip the video. Please! The second question that usually follows after the heart attack answer comes back as "no" is "Then why am I having chest pains or left arm pains or even pain referring up into my jaw." Dr. Berglund will try and answer those questions as well. Dr. Berglund has spent over twenty years at his clinic in southeast Wisconsin helping people improve their health without drugs or surgery. For more information about his clinic and for other health problems, see his website at http://berglundcenter.com. If you are interested in seeing Dr. Berglund as a patient, but live too far from Wisconsin, go to http://berglundcenter.com/distance.html.
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Fer Patino (5 hours ago)
So glad I came upon this video, thank you
A Rey (1 day ago)
This video is awesome ! Not only did it make me laugh but it also informed me. Thank you
3nglish Elusive (3 days ago)
You look are red as I feel when I’m yelling. It could be a heart attack. I did things...
Isaac Clarke (4 days ago)
prevention > death
Haider Ali (5 days ago)
I have sharp pain too. And i have went for my ecg 3 times blood test 2 times my cholestrol level is normal my heart rate also normal. But after i read some of the comment below it make me abit less worried. But can anyone explain to me other then sharp pain. I will be in shock every night trying to fall asleep will have dizziness but only twice i almost blackout on the road while riding. Felt pressure on my left trap on my back sometime and also numbness on my left hand. Please advice thank you.
DWISGR8 HORROR (6 days ago)
well thats a relief, thanks
ĐarKツ (13 days ago)
ive been feeling like a kind of nerve pain on my left chest and a littlebit to the ribs it always comes when i breath in and goes away when i breath out and hurts when im laying down im only 15 tho i dont wanna die yet :(
T_BALLZ50K (14 days ago)
My heart would ack for a second then it would go away is it a sign of a heart attack
Sam bax (14 days ago)
I was laying flat the other day and as i was getting up it felt like i was punched in the heart area and it quickly went to my right lung right chest it knocked the breath out of me, about felt like a punch in the heart ,,, no clue???? anyone
bilal shedid (14 days ago)
Hey Doc. Can you please make a video that could help us to differentiate between 1)panic attack (caused by stress, anxiety , ect .. ) 2)Gerd 3)Heart attack symptoms because i think im having all 3 combined, and not sure if im gonna make it to check your video on it, but im pretty sure it might help others :P why im asking for such a topic ? coz i've got GERD and i hide you not , i've got high annxiety levels which lead me to have panic attacks sometimes, and been to ER plenty of times coz those ,but the sysmtoms im having now seems like it's more leading to heart attack , especially after i've got ''calcified aortic arc. in the last scan yesterday'' thanks in advance
Na Prem pun (15 days ago)
Thanks .U make me clear
Fahad Irshad (18 days ago)
energetic video
Noelia Jacinto (19 days ago)
Omg phew I don’t have heart attack but I have heart dissese
Akane Cortich (20 days ago)
peter pumkin (20 days ago)
Then why the fuck does my left side hurt.
Thanks professor ... I meant uuhh doctor 🤦‍♂️
James (1 month ago)
It is Answered in 2018, soo too late 4 me, sorry
andy rivas (1 month ago)
Sig Kimber (1 month ago)
Good video
supakilla813 (1 month ago)
Super helpful thought I may be having a heart attack .
Mabel Wong (1 month ago)
What is the sharp pain
mak bam (1 month ago)
right. most of them aren't having a heart attack...yet. the fact is, medicine often fails to find problems which in fact, are present.
Milan Milovanovic (1 month ago)
Its stress bro not heart attack relax
StellaSweetLilly (1 month ago)
Well..if I do end up going to the ER tonight, I hope this guy is my doctor 😆
EBRIMA.K SOWE (1 month ago)
You speak very fast.
I've called nine-one-one went to the emergency room and have been diagnosed with no insurance
VelX (1 month ago)
can anyone help me i fell uncomftble ... (im my chest) and sometimes my heart stops beating.for 1.5 -2 sec .. and i fell cold all around my body sorry for my bad english
Aaron Shaw (1 month ago)
When i eat food my left side hurts it comes in goes an when i breath sometimes i feel a little tightness no pain or nothing in my arm an no sharp pains just a tight ness where heart burns be at so what kind of problem do i have ?
DJ Time (2 months ago)
About once every two months or so, I have severe chest pain right in the centre of my chest, where my heart is. It lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes in waves. It only happens in bed. Any advice please?
ThatGuyThomas (2 months ago)
My right chest hurts
PurpleSwils (2 months ago)
I had chest pains for 2 weeks in February, couldn’t sleep because I felt like I was going to die so I went to the emergency room and they said everything was fine... now the pain is back and I’m not sure what to do.
Dazyredfox87 (2 months ago)
Great video thank you 😙
Burr Rabbit (2 months ago)
Jocelyn Ortega (2 months ago)
Hey my chest started about an hour ago I've had to go on and off like 3 times just like little sparks, but i did do some cardio today it was the first time in a while please respond i don't want to die
Michael _ (2 months ago)
I sometimes get sharp chest pain, it is for about 20 seconds. Mostly without any reason.
SoulsIV (2 months ago)
Happen to me every time i get depressed and when at happen i feel like I don’t want to do anything at all. Feel like i need to lie down on my stomach and close my eyes for about 5-30 minutes till the pain goes
bloodyleech (2 months ago)
Yes I had a heart attack and waited that shit the fuck in the hotel room cuz I was ashamed. I stuffed a shit load of aspirins in my mouth. Peace I survived
Gigantic Fast (2 months ago)
It hearts and it just all around it and I feel the pain around it when I move it heart a bit and plus I’m 13
Suicidal Blonde (2 months ago)
19, female History of anorexia and bulimia for 5 years Chest pain (both left and right not at the same time tho) that comes (especially when I eat bread or sweets or lots of grease)and goes randomly, jaw pain, left arm pain, upper abdominal pain that has been going for 5 months Normal ekg and blood test What do I do?
Nice Potato (2 months ago)
For me it’s been two days and then it hit the left and middle part of my chest where It hurts
Sohanur Rahman (2 months ago)
we need bangla subtitle.
JayHQ (3 months ago)
my chest hurts and my left hand hurts too and became weaker am i having heart attack? sorry im so scared to watch the video
bloodyleech (3 months ago)
I'm stubborn as a mule fuck...I just took a bunch of aspirins and went to bed maybe I should go to the hospital
first name last name (3 months ago)
Definitely not having a heart attack.
TheLazyKimy (3 months ago)
Oh wow I’m relieved 😌 another day 💕
Ricgard Smith (3 months ago)
im still here, cool
serialgriller4life (3 months ago)
I get chestpains 2-3 times a week on average. Some weeks i have more and some i don't have any at all. I have had these since i was 12 years old and I'm now in my twenties. They are very sudden and i only get a few seconds warning before they satrt. Sometimes they are just midly annoying but often i have to sit or lay down. I have called 911 before because i blacked out during these events.... I was told by my doctor that it was most likely because of a bad spine and nothing with my heart and that i shouldn't beworried given my age. The thing is i went to a chiropractor and he said my spine looked fine and i have no backpains at all either. How serious could this be and should i go visit my doctor once more, despite being there for this issue many times now thorugh my adult years....
Michael Berglund (3 months ago)
I'd get an evaluation from a medical doctor (cardiologist) that includes an ECG and Echo. Then I'd also get a chiropractor to do a clinical course of chiropractic care that involves the thoracic spine and ribs. (Make sure your chiro you visit knows how to adjust ribs)
Hi my heart goes fast sometimes and I worrie but I go running and go to gym will that be why and I get chest and arm pain sometimes
Not Me (3 months ago)
This dude is hilarious and thank you. It helped 😊
Ash Carvajal (3 months ago)
I cant move. It hurts so bad
uriel urbina (4 months ago)
Thank you so much, I wasn't sure if I was experiencing a heart attack so I had started to panic. But thankfully it was just sore.
Alan Giron (4 months ago)
I was getting a lot of pain in my chest area ( I went to the hospital to get me self checked out ) but found nothing wrong ) they told me to try Advil .... once I tried the Advil.. I got an burning sensation from it ( chest area ) ...
Michael Berglund (3 months ago)
Likely it was heartburn/GERD or an ulcer causing the chest pain. I'd go on a clean eating (veggies and lean meats only) plan for a month to see if that helps. Here's my video to explain reflux/heartburn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6hK6CHDw40
Rc Overdrive (4 months ago)
I have Chest pain on the left side of my body. And I’m 15 years old and this pain started yesterday. But it’s a sharp pain that lasts for about a minute goes aways then comes back. Anything to help?
cars (4 months ago)
A thanks God the pain only started minutes ago and I was here think I'm gonna die XD😧😦😒
nawang dawa (4 months ago)
Thanks doc. I was so scared I was having heart attacks. But I am pretty sure it is only dyslexia, or whatever that means.
Kim Alix (4 months ago)
me heart feels like its pounding so hard and Im overweight. how do I fix this
Matthew Smith (4 months ago)
Shrek is love Shrek is li...... AHHH MY HEART!!!
Soj1337 (5 months ago)
Hello I loved your video very well setup, I've a question regarding some pain I've been having for 5 days in my chest. When I push myself during weight lifting exercises and my heart is beating fast I get chest pain just below my sternum, it always feels like it's my heart and is a sharp stabbing pain and I feel slightly more breathless than I normally do during exercise and when I stop it goes away after a few minutes. I also can randomly get a stabbing pain slightly to the left of my chest sometimes during rest too. Sometimes feel i need to take deeper breathes too and light headed but it may just be me over thinking my breathing. I have been to 2 doctor's and A&E all said it is likely musculoskeletal pain. I've had an ecg during rest and came back as healthy heart. Any idea on your opinion?
Tito Shalgam (5 months ago)
best doctor i have heart sickness and it start 6 days ago i got sick fever and it go away 3 days after but i just sleep a lot not like normaly i just cant givee up i must sleep all time so i start getting worried but thank u doctor !
Saqqa-e- Sakeena (5 months ago)
Coolest doc
Wilson Solt (5 months ago)
Thank you so much
urmo345 (5 months ago)
In our country, they will be mad in emergency room. It is overcrowded because of shortage of doctors and long waiting lines. They made even rulebook, and cold sweat or nausea and etc was not something you can turn into emergency
Melanie Goat (5 months ago)
Guys what does it mean when you cant breathe good?
Ranz Sumando (5 months ago)
i have health anxiety mainly about my heart this made me calm
Kat Rose (5 months ago)
Please please please tell me that you still use this channel. For about 30 minutes I've had a tight heavy pain in my back and my chest. No shortness of breath nausea. Just pain. It's mainly on the left side. But it's gradually getting worse. I'm a 15 year old female with a history of bad panic attacks. I was wondering if this could just be my anxiety acting out or something much more serious?? Please respond asap
Bug Generation (5 months ago)
The video took the pain away
Alberto Guardado (5 months ago)
I got up from my couch and my chest just started hurting and it was sharp pain. But when I sat back down, it went away lol?...
KawaiSummers x (6 months ago)
I have chest pain rarely.... is it a sign of a heart attack?
chest hurts on right side
Rasputin (6 months ago)
My wife went to the doctor. He said, "You have acute angina". She replied, "I know, but I came here about my heart". Ha ha. No really, I keep getting these symptoms but I can still laugh.
Vitali Kogas (6 months ago)
I'm not a 9 year old, but I still live with my parents, my left side of my chest really hurts, and it's hard for me to breathe deeply as I usually would. And even tho my chest hurts, my parents are saying "just go to bed it'll go all away" but I'm scared
Swanny Boo (6 months ago)
thank u
jaredontv (6 months ago)
you wanna know why people now a days look on the internet instead of going to ER or calling 911? because health coverage from insurance companies have gotten worse and worse over the years... I get health insurance through my work and it would cost me like 1500 dollars out of my own pocket to go to the ER.. I would be better off dead when alive with a big huge bill
Lxavnder xo (6 months ago)
My heart just cramps it's like a crushing feeling. Do I have anxiety?! I feel like my chest is just beating, not really?!
thegantz87 (6 months ago)
this guy needs to be my DR.
Masahiro Akimoto (6 months ago)
My heart hurts since yesterday
Miyuki (7 months ago)
I don't want to die in my sleep
rihardo123 (29 minutes ago)
well in sleep best way to die but feeling it and having chance to survive is better.
ALSGER (6 days ago)
Are you alive?😬
Lait Coton (28 days ago)
Leonardo Archer its actually Anxiety that made me feel this way ,and also coffee becuz i've been so anxious and overthinking about smth that i didnt realize i was drinking 3 cups a day + tea at night, i stopped doing that and im trying to eat healthier and do yoga to relax me, thanks for caring , have nice day ๑
Leonardo Archer (28 days ago)
Lait Coton dude, you should have now control over your junk food or carbonated drinks or caffeine or over eating.. coz its digestion problem lol.. if u were having hrtattack then u might no longer be alive to type all this.. hope u are ok, take care of eating habbit.. gudluck
Or call "999" now if your in the UK
gerberbabymom78 (7 months ago)
Love him!
PainKiller (7 months ago)
I have pain in my left chest like 1 year idk whats wrong w me :(((
High Dragon (7 months ago)
i like this guy i wish he was my doctor
Ill-fated Antidote (7 months ago)
This video never fails to make me feel better :> thx doc
jd_rich_boi kigga (7 months ago)
minds feel like im literally being stabed in heart for about one min wat doz that mean
Reshmarafik Shaikh (7 months ago)
thank u soooooo much doc
N.B.A (7 months ago)
I was getting out of bed and then all of a sudden I felt a stabbing pain in my heart and when I breathe it hurt so I tried to not breathe it lasted for 12 seconds the. It went away
ShackeGT (8 months ago)
I am very paranoid at the moment lately i have been getting sharp pains directly in the heart for like 1-2 seconds then it goes away. If anyone can come through, god bless.
mike plays (7 months ago)
ShackeGT i have the same you have i have pain voor 2 seconds and then it burn but idk what it is 😅 i am gonna find out what it is for you
TheAwesomeGamer Q.G (8 months ago)
Like I have this pain like someone is poking me with a knife at my heart when I breathe and it stays for like 20-30 sec and I'm only 14 years old. What does that mean, and what is the reason?
sparkle John (8 months ago)
BOWSERJR4500 (8 months ago)
I’m 13 I need to go to the doctor now now my heart beat is crazy right know I’m literally sitting on my bed relaxing
CharlieG Tv (8 months ago)
So barely helpful but funny
Sharlele Tea Room (8 months ago)
Idk what is going on with me it feels like someone is crushing my chest like someone is sitting on it and my back hurts and it feels better now cause im listening to this but still in pain 😥
nawang dawa (4 months ago)
Its Sharlele Please see a doctor or at least get an ecg and echo done. You maybe having minor heart attacks. Getting a cold is a symptom, as is your chest feeling heavy as if someone is sitting on it. It can be treated if you get help early.
Sharlele Tea Room (5 months ago)
Elizabeth Ramirez I feel better i did have another one of these last week actually but i ended up catching a cold so that’s probably what it was it was a lot of aching pain and i did go to the doctor thanks :-)
Elizabeth Ramirez (5 months ago)
Its Sharlele Are you okay now? Did you go to the doctor?
Twig Trash (8 months ago)
I’ve had chest pains for a few weeks they last for 2-3 seconds they are in the middle or the left of my chest WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME
TJ fig77 (7 months ago)
Can one have pain for 4 weeks and be angina ?? If so would the pain last all day and calf pain just above the calf ? Thanks please help
Skywtaker Productions (8 months ago)
The answer is yes because I'm a doctor and I know
acerswift123 (8 months ago)
I'm only 23 years of age, but I feel that my arteries are clogged. I usually get these weird chest pains at night. They sometime wake me up at night and I really freak out. Is it a chance my arteries are clogged from years of bad eating, and my heart is suffering because of this please respond.
Michael Berglund (8 months ago)
Most likely at age 23 your arteries aren't clogged. But maybe you should either start off by either seeing a doctor OR by dramatically changing your diet (and lose weight if you are overweight). Pick a diet (like Paleo, like South Beach, or like grain-free vegetarian) and see if you feel better and these nighttime pains go away. Use phone app like My Fitness Pal to help with staying under your required calories. (Avoid wheat & sugar/corn syrup/sweeteners) Get back on here to let me know if you improve. Once you start eating better, people can even start feeling better w/i 1-2 weeks.
mya Tewake (8 months ago)
hi i have had bad heart/chest pains that last for about 5 mins sometimes more sometimes less for a while now it is sometimes a sharp pain or sometimes an ache pain but i can bot get rid of it i have to wait until it goes away i also have bad knees as i cannot bend them to much or run too much or it will really hurt have you got any information
mya Tewake (8 months ago)
hi i have had bad heart/chest pains that last for about 5 mins sometimes more sometimes less for a while now it is sometimes a sharp pain or sometimes an ache pain but i can bot get rid of it i have to wait until it goes away i also have bad knees as i cannot bend them to much or run too much or it will really hurt have you got any information
mya Tewake (8 months ago)
hi i have had bad heart/chest pains that last for about 5 mins sometimes more sometimes less for a while now it is sometimes a sharp pain or sometimes an ache pain but i can bot get rid of it i have to wait until it goes away i also have bad knees as i cannot bend them to much or run too much or it will really hurt have you got any information
sushant jadhav (8 months ago)
ziki Tewake sit back and relax don't worry it's not heart attack it's acidity reflux whenever you experience such a thing go to chemist and ask for antacid. For further information WhatsApp me on 9503309098
Jf Jf (8 months ago)
My sis feel pain on heart and on back side of heart what is it
TuDiles (8 months ago)
I feel like someone stabbed me
Andrew Alison (8 months ago)
Thank you! I suffer from heart disease (severe mitral regurgitation) and suffer from some hard core anxiety - a most unsettling combination. I will save this video each time to stop the domino effect I get when having any pains in my chest.
Andrew Alison (8 months ago)
Thanks Michael, My regurgitation is from a valve prolapse - they are currently still running tests to decide whether surgery is necessary at the moment. I am borderline (and young) so they're being cautious going down that route. I will look into the magnesium. My anxiety kicks in when I get any sensations in the chest, and for the most part it is either muscular or skeletal and not my heart. I think just knowing about my heart condition sets me off.
Michael Berglund (8 months ago)
Have you used supplemental magnesium? Some find it helpful for anxiety and there are studies that show it can help with mitral valve prolapse. Not sure that's the source of your regurg'n but it might be worth a shot. Do a quality source that has magnesium citrate, glycinate, aspartate... (avoid magnesium oxide which is how Mg is stored in rocks and we can't digest rocks very well). There are other natural options for the anxiety. Contact me if you're interested.

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