Treatment for Chest Pain
Even a passing pain in the chest could be a warning sign for heart attack or one of many other life threatening conditions. It might also indicate a non-threatening condition, like a passing inflammation or acid reflux but you need to let a medical professional determine the severity and nature of your discomfort.
- Crushing or squeezing weight on the chest that lasts more than a few minutes
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain that spreads from the chest to the back, neck, arms or belly
- Irregular heart beat
- Severe fatigue
- Angina that does not go away using your doctor’s prescribed home treatment plan
Who is at risk?
In persons under 40, chest pain might be caused by an upper respiratory infection, shingles, heartburn or a broken rib. More serious problems that cause chest pain may include a collapsed lung (sharp, stabbing pain with shortness of breath), a blood clot in the lung (deep chest pain and shortness of breath) or even a more chronic condition such as lung cancer. Pinched nerves in the spine might also cause a sudden onset of chest pain.
Chest pain caused by acid reflux might be comforted with antacids. It is worth noting that up to 50% of all persons with heart attacks presenting to the emergency department also experience acid reflux. This is why it’s important to let a physician help you decide if your condition is life threatening or not.
Emergency Warning Signs: When should I see a doctor?
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above you should be seen immediately in the nearest hospital emergency room. These symptoms may be the signal that a life threatening condition exists especially if your discomfort worsens with exercise, stress or eating a large meal and goes away with rest. These may be signs of an acute coronary syndrome. Prompt evaluation and treatment are critical to recovery since most heart muscle damage takes place in the first six hours after onset of symptoms. Remember, never drive yourself.
If a person you are with complains of chest pain and becomes unconscious, administer CPR and call 911 immediately.
If you are experiencing very mild symptoms or symptoms that may be attributed to a cold, flu, chronic medical condition or injury, schedule a visit with your primary care physician or stop at the nearest Well-Key Urgent Care location for evaluation. Our experienced acute care staff can help you determine the source of your condition.
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