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Dr. Creighton Wright
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What is heart attack arm pain like and where exactly does it hurt?

Dr. Creighton Wright
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What is heart attack arm pain like and where exactly does it hurt?

Classic: Usual sub-sternal crushing severe durable sustained, anxiety producing, with clammy skin, pallor and radiation to left upper arm with a squeeze. Much variability! ...Read more

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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


Dr. Nestor Del rosario
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What does heart attack arm pain feel like?

Dr. Nestor Del rosario
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What does heart attack arm pain feel like?

Varied: The arm symptom of heart attack could be described as heaviness, soreness or pain or even numbness. It is usually correlated with the chest symptoms and other symptoms such as sob, diaphoresis, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and has to be correlated with risk factors. If in doubt, at least an ekg can help with suspicion and for the doctor to make a decision on treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I've been having heart attack symptoms , left arm pain and shoulder pain it alternates to the right side. What do I do?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I've been having heart attack symptoms , left arm pain and shoulder pain it alternates to the right side. What do I do?

Call 911: If you are having serious sxs call 911. Heart attack sx can include: chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, increased sweating pain or numbness radiating down the arm (more often left than right) and nausea. There could be pain in the upper back, head, jaw or teeth. One fourth of people have heart attacks without chest pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Mott
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I've been having heart attack symptoms , left arm pain and shoulder pain that alternates to the right side. What could be wrong?

Dr. Brian Mott
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I've been having heart attack symptoms , left arm pain and shoulder pain that alternates to the right side. What could be wrong?

Heart disease: Listen to your body, sound like you might ae angina for real. See your family doctor and get the proper work up and treatment before you have a massive heart attack! ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
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Can arm pain alone indicate a heart attack?

Dr. Ryan Stanton
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Can arm pain alone indicate a heart attack?

Sure: It's not the most common, but not everyone reads the books and atypical symptoms without chest pain can possibly be a heart attack. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Where is the arm pain from heart attack located? Upper, lower, top, bottom, inside, outside?

Dr. Robert Killian
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Heart Attack in Men: In men that symptom alone is not in any way diagnostic of a heart attack. A heart attack in men is a bunch of worrisome symptoms all together. This includes substernal chest pain, nausea, sweating, numbness into the teeth and into the left shoulder and possible upper arm. ...Read more

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
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What does heart attack shoulder or arm pain feel like? I've never had it, I don't think.

Dr. Ankush Bansal
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What does heart attack shoulder or arm pain feel like? I've never had it, I don't think.

See below: Classically, it's pressure, numbness, or heaviness. However, people have described other feelings like sharpness, aches, or no pain at all except in the chest. Basically, if you feel anything abnormal plus suddenly weak, short of breath, headache, pain, etc., see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Blake Miller
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What are the causes of left arm pain besides heart attack?

Dr. Blake Miller
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What are the causes of left arm pain besides heart attack?

Lots of things: There are many reasons to have left arm pain: neurologic, vascular, musculoskeletal, infectious, etc. There are lots of pain generating structures in this area. ...Read more

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Can left arm pain all the way down mean possible heart attack?

Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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It can...: Left arm pain, especially in association with chest pain, can mean a heart attack. This is especially so if you also have shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, and dizziness. But there are lots of causes of left arm pain. If it persists, you should see your doctor. Feel better! ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Morell
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction is also known as Heart attack. Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more


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