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My left for arm hurts from elbow down worried about heart attack should I be?

My left for arm hurts from elbow down worried about heart attack should I be?

Prob not: You wrote your question like Yoda which let me start with a Yoda quote that could be appropriate: "In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights the way". Heart attacks can have a lot of symptoms, including L arm discomfort. But in isolation it seems unlikely. Associated with chest/jaw discomfort, nausea, sweating? If so consider an ER visit. Otherwise call your provider. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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I have some discomfort on my left side of my chest close to the elbow. Is it a sign or a symptom of heart attack? I am maybe 30 lbs overweight.

I have some discomfort on my left side of my chest close to the elbow. Is it a sign or a symptom of heart attack? I am maybe 30 lbs overweight.

It might be: Pain from angina (reversible ischemia) or a heart attack (irreversible ischemia) can present in different ways in different people. It is usually felt in the midline of the chest or back, but can also be felt in the left jaw, both jaws or the left arm but not typically on the left lateral chest. Pain or pressure in the chest that is brought on by activity should be checked out. ...Read more

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Lately my left arm elbow been twitching I thibk its a vain I am 32 male 57 145 pounds this a sign of a heart attack or a stroke coming soon?

Lately my left arm elbow been twitching I thibk its a vain I am 32 male 57 145 pounds this a sign of a heart attack or a stroke coming soon?

Not a heart symptom: What you describe is not a symptom of a heart attack or stroke, but sounds like an irritable nerve or muscle. Veins Don't twitch. Have your physician examine you and refer you to an appropriate specialist if he/she deems it advisable. ...Read more

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Did I have a mild heart attack if I have chest pain not due to injury pain in upper back, left side of neck down to elbow w/strong fam hist of heart?

Did I have a mild heart attack if I have chest pain not due to injury pain in upper back, left side of neck down to elbow w/strong fam hist of heart?

Can't say: Wouldn't know without an ekg. But with those symptoms and your family history I hope you submitted this question from the er waiting for an ekg!? ...Read more

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My left elbow and the back of my shoulder hurts. I have inappropriate sinus tachycardia. Could this be a heart attack?

My left elbow and the back of my shoulder hurts. I have inappropriate sinus tachycardia. Could this be a heart attack?

Not a heart attack: 21 years old female with inappropriate sinus tachycardia and elbow and shoulder pain is very unlikely to be a heart attack. ...Read more

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My left shoulder down to my left elbow down to my left hand hurts and tingles. Could I be getting ready to have a heart attack?

My left shoulder down to my left elbow down to my left hand hurts and tingles. Could I be getting ready to have a heart attack?

Unlikely: Heart attacks (the arteries to the heart) are not a consideration for your age and sex, unless you have other severe medical conditions. It is most likely myofascial referred pain when the tingling follows a classic path from a large muscle in the shoulder to the same arm. Massaging the muscle where it is coming from will help, posture issues or overuse problems are usually the source. ...Read more

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Arm pain near outer elbow for a few days. Now jaw pain in left side too, headache and fatigue. Could be heart attack or warning to one?

Arm pain near outer elbow for a few days. Now jaw pain in left side too, headache and fatigue. Could be heart attack or warning to one?

Unlikely: If the pain is days apart, especially unlikely. A heart attack usually declares itself within 8 hours. Although people can have "silent MIs", your age sorta rules that out ...Read more

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Left arm a bit numb, now I have tingling in pinky up side of palm. Slight pain from my elbow up. I've had migraines with aura. Possibly heart attack?

Left arm a bit numb, now I have tingling in pinky up side of palm. Slight pain from my elbow up. I've had migraines with aura. Possibly heart attack?

Left arm nerve issue: Heart attack symptoms can cause left arm symptoms, but in a young patient without other issues would be very unusual. It also should not be migraine aura unless this has been part of your aura before. More likely you have peripheral nerve irritation that may be at the elbow (ulnar nerve) or possibly at the brachial plexus or cervical spine. See your doctor if it persists. ...Read more

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When I get a pain in my elbow I always think itsa heart attack?

When I get a pain in my elbow I always think itsa heart attack?

Non card chest pain: Heart-originated pain is typically in the center of the chest and sometimes can radiate (travel) from there to the arms or jaws, and many times it is the L arm that it radiates to. It would be extremely unlikely for somebody your age to have a heart attack and even less likely to present with elbow pain. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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7 yrs ago my 57 yr old hubby had a heart attack & got stints sometime at nite his l arm from elbow down has a jumping or spasm feeling the other d?

7 yrs ago my 57 yr old hubby had a heart attack & got stints sometime at nite his l arm from elbow down has a jumping or spasm feeling the other d?

Must be fullychecked: In a person with a history of coronary disease treated with stents any chest discomfort or l arm discomfort must be taken seriously and evaluated regarding a cardiac cause. While there are many non- cardiac reasons for his l arm to be jumping or having a spasm, none are as potentially serious as the possibility of it relating to new coronary blockages. He must see his md and be evaluated fully. ...Read more

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Where in the left arm is pain felt during a heart attack?

Where in the left arm is pain felt during a heart attack?

It doesn't: Always happen that way...May or may not be present. ...Read more

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What could pain in the left arm be other than a heart attack?

What could pain in the left arm be other than a heart attack?

Many things: Pain in the left arm associated with a heart attack is caused by referred pain from the heart via the nerves. Although left arm pain may be associated with a heart attack, it is not a criterion for its diagnosis. More important is the circumstances surrounding the l arm pain. Other causes include musculoskeletal - arthritis, myositis, impingement, trauma, nervous system - neck disc disease etc. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the shooting pains down the left arm associated with a heart attack?

What are the causes of the shooting pains down the left arm associated with a heart attack?

Left arm pain: Visceral pain is pain is carried afferent fibers (type of nerve) of the autonomic nervous system. The visceral nerves are designed to tell you that something is wrong but not exactly where. The nerves of the heart and left jaw, shoulder, and arm overlap. There is individual variation in the spinal cord distribution. Pain from a heart attack may occur in any or all of those areas. ...Read more

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Pain in my left arm pit but not all the time I have already had a heart attack in july this year?

Pain in my left arm pit but not all the time I have already had a heart attack in july this year?

Pain in left axilla: Given you history, Go to the Emergency Department where they can assess and they can remove the heart as a source or more importantly get you the care you need if by chance it is the heart. ...Read more

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I know that the heart is on the left side, but how come my right arm hurt when I had a heart attack?

I know that the heart is on the left side, but how come my right arm hurt when I had a heart attack?

Possible: Not everyone reads the books. Atypical presentations aren't unusual for chest pain and heart attacks. I have seen them with only nausea, or generalized weakness. There are many factors involved. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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


Elbow Pain (Definition)

Discomfort or soreness to varying degrees at the joint that joins the upper ...Read more