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after a heart cath and heart attack

I am having numbness, a feeling which tingles  in my left arm and some discomfort under my left arm. This feeling comes and goes.   Two weeks ago I suffered a mild heart attack and had a heart cath done.  I had three small blockages which only could be treated with medication. Metoprolol.  I am on Lipitor and Lisinopril.  I am a type 2 insulin dependent diabetic who smoked for twenty five years and have been a not well controlled diabetic for three years.  Doctor said my heart attack was from smoking and being an uncontrolled diabetic.  I have quit smoking and have been following a proper diet since the heart attack two weeks ago.  I am forty five years old. I went back to the ER thinking the numbness and tingles were another heart attack, not so. i had an enzyme test done and it looked good as well as my EKG. I am also wondering if a heart attack can affect your lymph nodes near the left breast and under the arm. Any help would be well appreciated.  Sorry, I did visit my cardio nurse pract.  there was no concern from her.
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Cardiac pain or angina will not cause any lymph node enlargement. If cardiac causes for the sensation have been ruled out, the symptoms mentioned could be caused by cervical spondylosis. You may be having a nerve compression at the cervical (neck) level. The nerve compression could be due to an osteophyte, growth or a disc. This could be causing the odd sensation in the arms. A neurological examination by your primary care physician may confirm this. He may then ask for blood test, an x ray and if needed an MRI to find out what is causing the compression. This is usually treated conservatively (without surgery) with physiotherapy, traction and cervical collars. Please consult your primary care physician for further evaluation.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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