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What does heart attack arm pain feel like?

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

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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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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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

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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 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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How to know if you're 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 you're 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

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The night before I noticed my arm had mild pain in it almost like I pulled a muscle it had not been hurting all that day I know that unexplained left arm pain is a sign of a heart attack knowing this information I began to monitor and worry about myself a

Very unlikely: Yes — left arm pain could happens with heart attack but is shorted in duration, is accompanied by pressure in the chest, difficulty breathing, cold sweats, in older individuals with predisposing conditions. In your situation — I agree that most likely you pulled a muscle. ...Read more

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What can cause left arm pain from shoulder down to hand? Not sharp pain. More like an achy pain? 29f. Healthy. Worried about stroke or heart attack

What can cause left arm pain from shoulder down to hand?  Not sharp pain. More like an achy pain?  29f. Healthy.  Worried about stroke or heart attack

Nerve pain likely: Many things -- most likely compression of a nerve in your thoracic outlet or neck. Unlikely to be heart disease in a healthy person of 29. Definitely not a stroke. More likely thoracic outlet syndrome, or cervical nerve compression, or compression of your nerve by some other mechanism like a tumor -- see a doctor. ...Read more

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Yesterday, my legs felt like jello, I felt slightly dizzy and nauseous with dull left arm pain and migraine. I am on my period. Is this a heart attack?

Yesterday, my legs felt like jello, I felt slightly dizzy and nauseous with dull left arm pain and migraine. I am on my period. Is this a heart attack?

Not a heart attack: Gosh. You are only 18 and you thought you were having a heart attack? There can be a thousand different reasons for your experience. On the period you could be losing more than normal amounts of blood; you could be not eating enough; it could be hot where you are and you are a bit dehydrated. The last thing on a list of a thousand possibilities would be a heart attack. ...Read more

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I am 31 yrs old had EKG done it was perfect but have some left arm pain could that be a heart attack?

I am 31 yrs old had EKG done it was perfect but have some left arm pain could that be a heart attack?

Not likely.: It is my understanding that in an otherwise healthy 31-year-old, a heart attack is extremely unlikely, and left arm pain at your age is probably from some other cause. It is possible, however, for a heart attack to occur in women with a normal ekg; and sometimes it is necessary to get cardiac enzymes and an echo cardiogram with nasal leads to rule out heart difficulties. ...Read more

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What else can cause very mild arm pain mild chest pain and nausea besides a heart attack? I've had discomfort all day but don't want to overreact...

What else can cause very mild arm pain mild chest pain and nausea besides a heart attack? I've had discomfort all day but don't want to overreact...

Get checked out: The symptoms you describe could certainly be explained by a heart attack. Not everyone has the "classic" symptoms of crushing chest pain when they have a heart attack. There are certainly other possibilities, but since it is unclear the safest thing to do would be to get evaluated by a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Symptoms mimicking heart attack with left arm pain and chronic chest pain for four months. Ultrasound and Holter test fine. What could it be?

By symptoms: Mimicking heart attack do you mean sweating, nausea, palpitations, dizziness, vomiting, shortness of breath, dull squeezing aching chest pain and weakness? Or do you mean sharp chest pain? You need a stress test and then treatment for the muscles and bones of your chest if it is normal too. ...Read more

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What else causes BOTH chest pain and left arm pain other than heart attack, costochonditis, and GERD? All of these have been ruled out for me.

There are many: Potential causes for these symptoms other than the ailments you have mentioned. At your age most would be musical skeletal in etiology. Some would be neurological, pulmonary or systemic. Make an appointment to be seen by an Internist at a University near you (U of C, Loyola, Indiana U) for evaluation. ...Read more

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Awful heartburn.left arm pain with whole arm tingling. Arm prob lasted about 5 minutes. Was 3 days ago. Could this have been a heart attack?

L arm pain: Given the background, history, age/gender likely the isolated event was GI etiology though I'd suggest an ECG and cardiovascular risk assessment driven further evaluation ...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


Arm Pain (Definition)

Arm pain can mean many things. See a hand or ...Read more