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If you are having a heart attack, the pain will sometimes be felt in the left arm. Thanks for using ! Any comments?

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  1. Estela says:

    Also that question needs more information to be properly answered. What arm hurts when you have a heart attack. Normally people feel pain in their LEFT arm.

  2. Laree says:

    SymptomsEach type of heart disease has different symptoms, although many heart problems have similar symptoms. The symptoms you experience depend on the type and severity of your heart condition. Learn to recognize your symptoms and the situations that cause them. Call your doctor if you begin to have new symptoms or if they become more frequent or severe. Coronary Artery Disease The most common symptom is angina. Angina can be described as a discomfort, heaviness, pressure, aching, burning, fullness, squeezing or painful feeling in your chest. It can be mistaken for indigestion or heartburn. Angina is usually felt in the chest, but may also be felt in the shoulders, arms, neck, throat, jaw or back. Other symptoms that can occur with coronary artery disease include: Shortness of breath Palpitations (irregular heart beats, skipped beats or a flip-flop feeling in your chest) A faster heartbeat Weakness or dizziness Nausea Sweating Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction or MI) Symptoms can include: Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm or below the breastbone Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat or arm Fullness, indigestion or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn) Sweating, nausea, vomiting or dizziness Extreme weakness, anxiety or shortness of breath Rapid or irregular heartbeats During a heart attack, symptoms last 30 minutes or longer and are not relieved by rest or oral medications (medications taken by mouth). Initial symptoms can start as a mild discomfort that progresses to significant pain. Some people have a heart attack without having any symptoms (a silent MI). A silent MI can occur among all people, though it occurs more often among diabetics. If you think you are having a heart attack, DO NOT DELAY. Call for emergency help (dial 911 in most areas). Quick treatment of a heart attack is very important to lessen the amount of damage to your heart. Arrhythmias When symptoms of arrhythmias are present, they may include: Palpitations (a feeling of skipped heart beats, fluttering or flip-flops, or feeling that your heart is running away). Pounding in your chest. Dizziness or feeling light-headed. Fainting. Shortness of breath. Chest discomfort. Weakness or fatigue (feeling very tired). Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a type of arrhythmia. Most people with AF experience one or more of the following symptoms: Heart palpitations (a sudden pounding, fluttering, or racing feeling in the heart). Lack of energy; tired. Dizziness (feeling faint or light-headed). Chest discomfort (pain, pressure, or discomfort in the chest). Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing during activities of daily living). Heart Valve Disease Symptoms of Heart valve disease can include: Shortness of breath and/or difficulty catching your breath. You may notice this most when you are active (doing your normal daily activities) or when you lie down flat in bed. Weakness or dizziness. Discomfort in your chest. You may feel a pressure or weight in your chest with activity or when going out in cold air. Palpitations (this may feel like a rapid heart rhythm, irregular heartbeat, skipped beats or a flip-flop feeling in your chest). If valve disease causes heart failure, symptoms may include: Swelling of your ankles, feet or abdomen. Swelling may also occur in your belly, which may cause you to feel bloated. Quick weight gain (a weight gain of two or three pounds in one day is possible). Symptoms do not always relate to the seriousness of your valve disease. You may have no symptoms at all and have severe valve disease, requiring prompt treatment. Or, as with mitral valve prolapse, you may have severe symptoms, yet tests may show minor valve disease. Heart Failure Symptoms of Heart failure can include: Shortness of breath noted during activity (most commonly) or at rest, especially when you lie down flat in bed. Cough that is productive of a white mucus. Quick weight gain (a weight gain of two or three pounds in one day is possible). Swelling in ankles, legs and abdomen. Dizziness. Fatigue and weakness. Rapid or irregular heartbeats. Other symptoms include nausea, palpitations and chest pain. Like valve disease, heart failure symptoms may not be related to how weak your heart is. You may have many symptoms, but your heart function may be only mildly weakened. Or you may have a severely damaged heart, with little or no symptoms. Congenital Heart Disease Congenital heart defects may be diagnosed before birth, right after birth, during childhood or not until adulthood. It is possible to have a defect and no symptoms at all. In adults, if symptoms are present, they may include: Shortness of breath. Limited ability to exercise. Symptoms of heart failure (see above) or valve disease (see above). Congenital Heart Disease in Infants and Children Symptoms can include: Cyanosis (a bluish tint to the skin, fingernails and lips). Fast breathing and poor feeding. Poor weight gain. Recurrent lung infections. Inability to exercise. Heart Muscle Disease (Cardiomyopathy) Many people with heart muscle disease have no symptoms or only minor symptoms, and live a normal life. Other people develop symptoms, which progress and worsen as heart function worsens. Symptoms can occur at any age and may include: Chest pain or pressure (occurs usually with exercise or physical activity, but can also occur with rest or after meals). Heart failure symptoms (see above). Swelling of the lower extremities. Fatigue. Fainting. Palpitations (fluttering in the chest due to abnormal heart rhythms). Some people also have arrhythmias. These can lead to sudden death in a small number of people with cardiomyopathy. Pericarditis When present, symptoms of pericarditis may include: Chest pain. This pain is different from angina (pain caused by Coronary artery disease. It may be sharp and located in the center of the chest. The pain may radiate to the neck and occasionally, the arms and back. It is made worse when lying down, taking a deep breath in, coughing or swallowing and relieved by sitting forward. Low-grade fever. Increased heart rate

  3. Denny says:

    Why do your arm hurts when you’re about to have a heart attack? And which arm is it? Left or right?

  4. Carly says:

    The term "hurts" is subjective therefor it is hard to answer. Also that question needs more information to be properly answered. More:http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Right_arm_aching_re_heart_attack

  5. Kattie says:

    The left one. Classically, the pain of a heart attack will radiate to the neck, jaw, or left shoulder and arm. However, in reality, the pain can radiate almost anywhere – including to the abdomen, back, neck, jaw, or either shoulder or arm. More:http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Your_arm_hurts

  6. Ka says:

    The pain will radiate from the left side of the neck through the left arm. More:http://www.chacha.com/question/which-arm-hurts-in-a-heart-attack

  7. Mariela says:

    Symptoms of a heart attack can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

  8. Mitzie says:

    Because you constantly use your arms throughout the day, pain is difficult to ignore. The human arm has many uses, so when an arm hurts, productivity is A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, happens when the heart does not get Detail:http://www.ehow.com/how_5132009_relieve-arm-pain.html

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