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What Arm Hurts During A Heart Attack
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
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
I'm 53, I have hypertension and a lot of stress, due to my roommate. He may lose his job. Could I get a heart attack? My right arm hurts & hr is 67.
Possible: You're not immune, nor is anyone else. Your age of 53, your high blood pressure, and your stress are all risk factors. There is no magic, but you can reduce your risk by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping normal weight, not smoking, checking and lowering your cholesterol, & since you're >50, taking a baby aspirin daily. ...Read more
I have really bad anxiety but Recently I can't shake the feeling like I'm about to have a heart attack because my left arm hurts to touch and move and sometimes my left breast hurts what should I do?
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
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
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
What is generally the longest time arm pain from a heart attack can go on? I know it varies, but at what point would you assume it's muscular?
Being seen in the ER and having diagnostic test.
Assumption is the mother of failure, get empiric evidence ...Read more
If my left arm pain has been on and off for at least 6 months what are the odds if a heart attack? It feels more muscular or nerve related. I do have nerve problems.
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How to know if your having just a typical muscular chest and arm pain or a heart attack/heart problems?
Difficult to tell: Muscular chest pain is most likely changed with positioning or movement - usually there is an inciting event (lifting something heavy) - chest pain that is cardiac in nature can radiate to your neck or arms - can be worse with exertion and can be accompanied by other symptoms - if you are worried, contact your doctor. ...Read more
Can someone have a heart attack without even knowing? Just because he has chest pain and left arm pain? Thanks
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
I've been having heart attack symptoms, left arm pain and shoulder pain that alternates to the right side. What could be wrong?
Can someone tell me how people know if your having just a typical muscular chest and arm pain or a heart attack/heart problems?
See your doctor!: In some people, the symptoms are very similar. Of course, muscular pain is not dangerous, but heart symptoms can be very dangerous. The only way to tell for sure is for a qualified doctor to evaluate this with some tests. An ekg (heart tracing), and possibly some type of stress test, possibly some blood work should be able to detect a heart condition. ...Read more
If I had chest pain +left arm pain on and off for a week is it possible that I had a heart attack without even knowing? If yes how can I check it?
Heart attack: It is low probability in a young woman but not impossible. See your doctor to be checked. ...Read more