When it comes to chest pain, it’s best to err on the side of caution.
When you think about chest pain, you probably assume that it means a heart attack. One isn’t always a sure sign of the other; there are many different things that can cause chest pain. So, just when do you worry? Here are some indications that chest pain may be worthy of worry.
When chest pain won’t go away. Chest pain that doesn’t subside even somewhat when you change the way you’re sitting or reclining, and doesn’t dissipate shortly after taking an antacid can indicate something serious.
When chest pain reoccurs. Chest pain that comes back again and again, whether it be days or weeks apart, can be a sign of trouble.
When chest pain is related to exertion. Chest pain that results from doing something physical, such as walking or climbing stairs, can be a sign of a serious health problem.
When chest pain is accompanied by certain other symptoms. Chest pain that occurs with other symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea or dizziness, pain in the arm(s) or jaw can indicate a serious heart problem.
When you’re not sure what’s causing it. While a painful burning sensation can sometimes be a sign of heartburn, it may also signify something more serious. And while you may think the chest pain associated with a heart attack would be unmistakable, in reality it can vary in intensity and nature. The bottom line is, if you’re worried or think that you may be having a heart attack, dial 911 immediately.
The Medical Center of Plano Chest Pain Center specializes in cardiac care and chest pain treatment. To learn more about the symptoms of a heart attack, visit our Health Library online. Please call 1-855-665-TMCP for a physician referral.