uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, pain, or
discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for
more than two minutes.
pain or discomfort that spreads to the shoulders, neck,
pain, sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath.
any chest discomfort that causes anxiety or concern
any chest discomfort that is accompanied by light-headedness,
fainting, or dizziness
any of the above symptoms that disappear with rest,
then return with exertion
unexplained weakness or fatigue, palpitations, cold
sweat, or paleness
be simply heartburn
or indigestion, caused by that jalapeño cheeseburger with
bacon - or could it be something more serious ... like the
beginning of a heart attack?
it is a major key warning sign of heart
disease, chest pain can often be confused with indigestion,
or other conditions.
caused by the common
cold or flu, bronchitis or asthma
may also cause mild-to-severe discomfort in the chest, depending
physical injury may be the main culprit, as evidenced by the
sharp pain associated with a broken rib, pinched nerve or
simple muscle overexertion.
times, associated pain caused by another condition, such as
bladder disease, can result in pain radiating to the chest.
the most alarming non-cardiac chest pain is psychological,
or that caused by stress
or a panic attack leading to heightened anxiety - as the victim
confuses the classic symptoms of chest pain and shortness
of breath with a heart attack.
Of course, if you or your family have a history of heart disease you should know the classic symptoms of a life-threatening heart attack (see above).
If in doubt, err on the side of caution, say doctors, and call 911 immediately. The operator may suggest that you take an adult-strength aspirin for its blood thinning properties and to lessen pain symptoms.
Rather than have someone drive you to the hospital, it's always a good idea to wait for the ambulance, say medical experts, since emergency service workers can save precious time by treating or stabilizing symptoms on the way to the emergency room. If at all possible, you should never try to drive yourself to the hospital if you suspect that you're having a heart attack!
on the Web, find out how to tell specific origins of chest
pain with expert advice on symptoms, related treatments, plus
ways to prevent chest pain in any form with tips on prevention
More about chest pain around the Web:
Pain - Bookmark this page for
causes, explanations & treatment options on dozens of
causes including angina & heart attack, gas and heartburn,
lung infection and other pulmonary conditions.
Pain - Check Your Symptoms - Check out this WebMd guide with a self-diagnosis
tool to check for heart attack, plus links to information
on more chest pain symptoms caused by heartburn, neck and
back injuries, and hyperventilation..
is Angina? - Comprehensive guide to the topic including
causes, symptoms & risk factors, how to's on prevention,
and an extensive link list to additional information.
Pain in Infants & Children - Parents can get help diagnosing
a variety of related conditions with information on the common symptoms of pneumonia,
bronchitis, pleurisy, asthma and when to consult a doctor.
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.