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Chest Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about chest pain?

Chest pain can be caused by a range of conditions, from not serious to life-threatening. It is important to follow up with your healthcare provider to find the cause of your chest pain.

What may cause or increase my risk for chest pain?

What other symptoms might I have with chest pain?

How is the cause of chest pain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you. Describe your chest pain in as much detail as possible. Tell him or her where your pain is and when it began. Tell the provider if you notice anything that makes the pain worse or better. Tell him or her if it is constant or comes and goes. Also include any other symptoms you have with the chest pain, such as sweating or nausea. Your provider will ask about any medicines you use and medical conditions you have. Tell him or her if you have a family history of heart disease. You may also need any of the following tests:

How is chest pain treated?

What are some healthy living tips?

If the cause of your chest pain is known, your healthcare provider will give you specific guidelines to follow. The following are general healthy guidelines:

Prevent Heart Disease

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. 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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