Chest Pain


What causes chest pain? 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.

What other symptoms might I have with chest pain?

How is chest pain diagnosed? Your caregiver will examine you. Describe your chest pain in as much detail as possible. Tell him where your pain is and when it began. Tell him if you notice anything that makes the pain worse or better. Tell him if it is constant or comes and goes. Your caregiver will ask what medicines you use and if you have other medical conditions. He may do the following tests:

How is chest pain treated? Your caregiver will treat your symptoms while he determines the cause of your chest pain. You may be given medicine to treat or prevent a blood clot, maintain blood flow to your heart, or decrease pain. You may be referred to a specialist, such as a cardiologist or gastroenterologist.

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


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 caregivers 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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