Why do people who have heart attacks sometimes get serious pain in their left arm?

Answer It is known as referred pain. The nerves supplying the heart and left arm are from the same spinal segment. It has an embryological basis from the development of the baby in the mother's womb.

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Sharp pain in the left side of my chest that lasted about 5 min, my left arm was weak, was it a heart attack?

probably not a heart attack if the pain only lasted about 5 min. Could have been a mild stroke. Going to the ER is probably not necessary NOW. Symptoms of heart attack include chest, arm, neck, ... Read More »

Why do so many young people get heart attacks?

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Do people REALLY get heart attacks from being scared?

Everyone is scared of getting a heart attack, but it does not mean to abandon our life, jusst because of some media gives an examples, they normally report a few exceptional cases, and people are c... Read More »

Does the Air Force really use microwaves or electromagnetic frequency devices to cause people to have heart attacks?