Could you describe the kind of pain that happens in one's left arm when it stems from a heart problem versus

other pains that one might feel in their arm. How does one know?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Cardiac Pain is totally different from muskuloskeletal pain. Have you ever broke or sprained your arm, twisted or had tennis elbow, It is sharp following some kind of trauma, never out of the blue that's what musculoskelatal pain is like. On the other hand Cardiac pain is of sudden, out of the blue onset, generally most people deny its happening to them, it radiates up and down or around the arm, or may feel like the bone is hurting. Take an aspirin either way just to be safe and head to the hospital, it isn't worth the risk.

    Source(s): US Army Medic Carmiopulmonary Technologist
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  • 1 decade ago

    Most pains occur from an injury or some physical condition (like arthritis), but pain from a heart problem usually occurs with no apparent cause, and it is often associated with shortness of breath and fatigue - but not always. Sudden, unexplained pain in the left arm should be generally assumed to be heart-related in adults, and the person should go immediately to an ER to get checked out. The symptoms of heart problems can be vague, and if you ignore the signals, you just might end up dead.

    A person I worked with dropped dead at work from a heart attack. Afterward, some of the co-workers said he been complaining for several days of fatigue, weakness and a stiff left shoulder. Before his death, no one recognized these feelings as heart attack symptoms, but afterward, everyone felt guilty because the symptoms seemed obvious in hindsight.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i think you have to pair it with other symptoms that are going on at the time... that are associated w/ heart problems. like obesity, diabetes, being overweight, smoking, lack of exercise.

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