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In 2002 I had Angioplasty and a Stent was put in. I have been

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In 2002 I had Angioplasty and a Stent was put in. I have been doing well all along, but today I have a strange ( cannot describe) pain from my left shoulder blade all the way down to my fingers, on the left side. What could this be?
Hello.

Of course, it is always good to be concerned about potential heart related pains, especially with your history of angioplasty and stenting.

However - when people have pain from the neck / shoulder blade, down to the fingers -- this sounds like a nerve irritation to me. The nerve can get "pinched" in the neck, and cause pain that radiates down the arm, like you describe.

This is called cervical radiculopathy:

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00332


and if the pain persists, it can be evaluated with a MRI of the cervical spine.

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