Chest pain is one of the most common symptoms that bring an individual to the emergency department. Seeking immediate care may be lifesaving, and considerable public education has been undertaken to get patients to seek medical care when it strikes. You may be worried that you are having a heart attack, but there are many other causes of pain in the chest that the doctor will consider. Some diagnoses of are life threatening, while others are less dangerous.
There are many causes of chest pain some are angina, heart attack, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, costochondritis, strained chest wall muscle, and Anxiety.
Chest pain can be a sign of a heart attack or Sudden Cardiac Arrest, but it can also be a symptom of problems related to:
- Bones and muscles
- Other aspects of physical and mental health
Chest pain should always be taken seriously, even if it’s mild or you don’t suspect a life-threatening condition.
Signs of a medical emergency
You may be having a heart attack if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- A cold sweat
If these symptoms last for five minutes or more, you should call 24 hour emergency room. You may be having a heart attack. Heart attack can also cause pain in the jaw, neck, back, or arms.
What are other symptoms of chest pain?
Other signs and symtoms that occur with it include (heart) pain, discomfort that includes pressure, squeezing, heaviness, or burning. Sometimes you may feel like you are choking or short of breath. People who have had severe chest pain describe it as discomfort that ranges from sharp to dull, and usually, is located in the jaw, neck, shoulders, upper abdomen, and arms. In some occasions, it could be accompanied by vomiting, fever, breathlessness, and cough.
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