What are the Most Common Causes of Numbness in the Chest?

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Numbness in the chest is linked to a number of conditions, including a diet low in certain vitamins and minerals or a possible heart attack. In addition, certain psychological conditions, such as anxiety and depression, often lead to chest numbness. Diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia may also be to blame. Those who experience chest pain should contact a healthcare professional immediately to prevent further complications.

An inadequate diet has been linked to numbness in the chest. Diets that are deficient in calcium, potassium, sodium, and vitamin B12 appear to be most often to blame. Individuals who experience numbness and who are concerned about the adequacy of their diets can use online nutrient analysis tools to determine if they are, in fact, getting enough of the right nutrients or seek the assistance of a registered dietitian.

Some psychological conditions may be to blame for this symptom. Individuals who experience depression, anxiety, and other mental conditions appear to be most prone to the problem. Those who experience anxiety or depression may want to consider speaking with a psychologist, and prescription medications may help individuals with diagnosed psychological conditions. Regular cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, biking, jogging, or hiking, has also been proven effective in the management of many of these conditions. Those who have never participated in a structured exercise program should aim for 20 minutes of exercise three times per week.


Numbness in the chest is often related to a heart attack. Individuals who have been diagnosed with heart disease, have been told they are at risk for the development of the condition, or have a history of heart disease in their family should seek medical treatment if they experience numbness or pain in the chest. Other symptoms of a heart attack include numbness in the left arm, pain in the jaw, sweating, and nausea. In most cases, the sooner a heart attack is identified and treated, the better the results. An untreated heart attack can often be fatal.

Other medical conditions that have been linked to numbness include fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, diabetic neuropathy, and even migraine headaches. Those who suffer from these conditions and develop this symptom should consider speaking with a medical professional. In many cases, changes in medications or treatments may be required. Individuals with these conditions who develop severe chest numbness should seek emergency medical assistance as soon as possible.


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Drentel - I agree that chest numbness causes are not always life threatening, but when the affected area is in the region of your heart it's better to assume the worse and work your way back. This is particularly true when another symptom like numbness in your face or whatever accompanies the chest symptom.

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When someone has chest pains or numbness in the chest, we immediately think heart attack, but I have had two friends who had chest numbness and neither instance was related to a heart attack.

Both of them were taken to the hospital; one by his wife and the other in an ambulance. They complained of a tingling in chest sensation and trouble breathing normally. After running numerous tests in both cases. it was determined they both were suffering from symptoms related to stress.

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