Q. I have pain on left side of chest and tip of middle finger. Does it imply heart problem?

Answered by
Dr. Isaac Gana
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on May 19, 2020

Hello doctor,

When I touch the tip of my middle finger I feel pain there as well as on the left side of my chest. It just started yesterday. Is this a sign of a heart problem?

Dr. Isaac Gana

Cardiology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I am sorry to hear about your pain, please do not be worried. You will be fine.

It is not a definite sign of heart disease. There are arthritis, angina, etc. Do you have a history of heart diseases in your family? Do you experience shortness of breath? Have you experienced dizziness or has the pain radiating to other parts of your body? What medications are you currently taking?


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Thank you doctor,

My half brother died of a heart attack five months ago. He was 41 years old. No other heart issues in my family. No, I have not experienced any of those other symptoms. But do you mean that it is not a definite sign of heart disease? That is a very vague statement and I would like a more detailed explanation.

Dr. Isaac Gana

Cardiology
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

In the diagnosis of heart diseases, we do not base diagnosis on a few symptoms. Symptoms like chest pain and fingertip can occur in heart diseases, they can also be caused by other varieties of diseases like reflux disease, pneumonia, etc. Shortness of breath, chest pain that radiates to other parts of the body like shoulders or back, dizziness are more specific to heart diseases.

These whole symptoms are still not enough to diagnose heart disease without lab investigations like ECG (electrocardiography), echo, lipid profile test, etc.

When you have symptoms and we suspect you might have heart disease or if you are at risk of heart disease that is when we ask patients to go for investigations to give a better picture.

Since you have a family history of heart disease. I advise you do ECG (electrocardiography), echo, lipid profile tests as a routine so as to see the condition of your heart.

I hope this helps.


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