Can a "pins and needles" feeling in my arm mean a heart problem?

A fellow caregiver asked...

Could a "pins and needles" feeling in the left upper arm be related to a heart problem? It is similar to hitting one's crazy bone.

Expert Answer

Carolyn Strimike, N.P. and Margie Latrella, N.P. are cardiac nurse practitioners specializing in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. They have over 40 years of nursing experience in Cardiology between them. The main goal of their work is to counsel, motivate and empower women to adopt healthy lifestyle choices.

Many people experience different symptoms with heart problems. A "pins and needles" feeling in the arms can be a sign of a possible heart problem or stroke. This may be a warning sign and you should get it evaluated by a healthcare provider as soon as possible.