Chest Pain

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Chest pain can be caused by a range of conditions, from not serious to life-threatening. It may be caused by a heart attack or a blood clot in your lungs. Sometimes chest pain or pressure is caused by poor blood flow to your heart (angina). Infection, inflammation, or a fracture in the bones or cartilage in your chest can cause pain or discomfort. Chest pain can also be a symptom of a digestive problem, such as acid reflux or a stomach ulcer.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider (PHP) as directed:

You may need more tests. You may be referred to a specialist, such as a cardiologist or gastroenterologist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Do not smoke:

If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking increases your risk for a heart attack and other heart and lung conditions. Ask your PHP for information about how to stop smoking if you need help.

Contact your PHP if:

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have any of the following signs of a heart attack:

    • Squeezing, pressure, or pain in your chest that lasts longer than 5 minutes or returns

    • Discomfort or pain in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or arm

    • Trouble breathing

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Lightheadedness or a sudden cold sweat, especially with trouble breathing.


  • You have chest discomfort that gets worse.

  • You cough or vomit blood.

  • Your bowel movements are black or bloody.

  • You cannot stop vomiting, or it hurts to swallow.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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