Arm Pain: A Sign of Heart Attack

Caring for the environment is a noble cause with long-term benefits for our planet. You don’t have to be a scientist or philanthropist to be able to do it. Even children can do something to care for and protect our environment. At home, simple things such as segregation of garbage, planting vegetables and trees in our surroundings and using non-toxic products can go a long way to save the environment.

Doing something for the environment may require hard work, causing some people to suffer from certain body pains at some point. It can be worth it though since it means giving your family, yourself and all living beings a better place to live in.

However, if the pain is coming from your arms, it may be symptomatic of a more serious condition than just hard work. Just like itchy armpits, pain in right arm or left arm is pretty common. It is more often caused by sore arm muscles as a result of exerting too much effort on the arm such as when lifting heavy objects. That is why many people don’t see it as a symptom of life-threatening occurrences, more particularly of heart attack.

Many people are surprised to know that heart attack does not always cause chest pains. Heart attack may also come with arm pain in the left or both arms. But it can be challenging to tell the difference between arm pain as a result of muscle strain and arm pain as a symptom of heart attack.

In most cases, heart attack occurs when there is myocardial infarction, a condition when a blood clot obstructs the flow of blood and oxygen into the heart muscle. When the heart muscle runs out of oxygen, it normally sends a signal to the brain. Generally, it will result in squeezing and cramping pain in the right side or center of the chest. The pain sometimes also extends to both shoulders and arms of the patient. This is a case of referred pain. For men, the pain is normally felt in the left arm, while for women, it is often felt more in both arms. This referred pain normally occurs when the brain confuses the nerve signals coming from the heart muscle to come from the arm because of nerve proximity.

Arm pain can be the earliest indication of an incoming heart attack. Some patients have also reported suffering from sleep disturbances as a result of arm pain days before the actual heart attack occurred. Additionally, arm pain may not at all times be the regular pain. It can also be a tingling sensation or a dull pain. You may also experience pins-and-needles in the arm, heaviness or weakness instead of pain. These pain and sensations may come and go and may hit before or during the heart attack.

Even though you have doubts that your arm pain is not a symptom to an impending heart attack, it is best to be safe and to seek medical attention immediately. It can be a life-saving decision for you.

Common Allergies in Dogs

Dogs are perhaps the most popular pets in many households compared to other animals such as cats, reptiles, fish and others. Every year, millions of dollars are spent on dog care which would also involve treating various medical conditions from minor to serious health problems.

One of the most common conditions that affect dogs is allergies. Different types of allergies have different causes. However, the environment where the dog lives is a big contributing factor to these allergies. For instance, using toxic pesticides or herbicides in your home will not only pollute the air and the soil, but it may also cause allergies or even death to your dog or other animals. That is why many environmentalists will say that caring for the environment is also caring for yourself and those that are important to you such as your family and pets.

All dogs may suffer from certain types of allergies with varying symptoms. Knowing these types of allergies can assist you on helping your dog avoid these allergies or to get treatment from the following allergies:

  • Airborne allergy – Also known as atopy, airborne allergies are caused by particles present in the air such as pollens, dust, molds and mildew. Many cases of atopy are seasonal, while others may occur all year round. When dogs inhale these allergens, they can develop itching in the face or in the armpits. It is important to know which airborne allergen causes the allergy on your dog. Avoiding or limiting exposure to allergen can prevent the occurrence of allergy symptoms. In some cases, your veterinarian may also recommend allergy shots to make your dog less sensitive to a particular allergen.

 

  • Flea allergy – Many dogs suffer from minor to serious itching and irritation due to flea bites. The most commonly affected areas are the hind legs and base of the tail. Because of itchiness, dogs more often bite their skin and remove large patches of hair along the process just to get relief from itchiness. The only solution to solve this problem is by flea control with medicated shampoos and other treatment option that your veterinarian would recommend.

 

  • Food allergy – Food allergy is another common allergy that affects most dog breeds. Many dogs develop allergic reactions to carbohydrates or protein in their food. Allergens normally include meat, poultry, corn, soy and wheat. In some instances, a dog may also develop yeast allergy. Symptoms such as itching in different parts of the body, particularly in the face and ear are noticeable among affected dogs. Some dogs may also have a soft stool and increased bowel movement as the symptom. One way to treat this kind of allergy is to give your dog a special diet that excludes these allergens.

 

  • Contact Allergy – This is perhaps the least common allergy among dogs. It develops when sensitive dogs come in contact with certain things such as carpets, soaps, cleaners, chemicals and other things. Identifying and removing the cause of the allergy can greatly help your dog avoid this allergy.

A dog suffering from a certain kind of allergy can have a miserable life because of the itchiness, pain or discomfort associated with that allergy. There are different types of allergy medicine for dogs that can help alleviate the symptoms. The best way of treating dog allergies is to work with your veterinarian in identifying the exact allergen and the proper treatment for such allergy.