ZocdocAnswersWhat causes pain the chest and shoulder?

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What causes pain the chest and shoulder?

i have sharp pain upper left side of chest shoulder and left bicep. had blood work ekg all showed ok pain lessens up but comes back after meals. went to emergency room they run blood test ekg said everyting ok i am 60yr old male

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Chest pain, especially in men of your age group is always concerning for something going on with your heart. This is why each time you get seen by a doctor, they run a series of tests to make sure that you did not have a heart attack. The fact that the tests came back negative is good. However, an EKG and all the blood tests do not necessarily say that you don't have blockages in your coronary arteries that is causing your chest and arm discomfort. To make sure that your heart is fine, you should have an exercise stress test. This can be performed in a variety of different ways, but they all are designed to figure out if you have blockages. If the test comes back negative, then you can start looking for other causes of your symptoms. Symptoms of chest pain after a meal could be due to gastro-esophageal reflux. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she can listen to a detailed account of you symptoms, perform a thorough physical exam, an determine if a stress test is in order. If it is, then getting it scheduled sooner than later is preferred.

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