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Doctor insights on: What Arm Hurts During A Heart Attack

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What is heart attack arm pain like and where exactly does it hurt?

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

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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

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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.

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

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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?

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?

New onset?: Do you have a pattern of getting really anxious about your health or even minor symptoms? If yes, seeing a therapist might help. However if you are suffering from significant pain of unknown cause than medical assessment may help to figure out what is going on. ...Read more

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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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Can arm pain alone indicate a heart attack?

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

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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What are the causes of left arm pain besides heart attack?

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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Can left arm pain all the way down mean possible heart attack?

Can left arm pain all the way down mean possible heart attack?

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

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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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

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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?

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

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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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

Dr. Creighton Wright
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