What to do if You’re Experiencing Chest Pain
Chest pain can range from a mild, dull ache to a sharp, sudden pain. There are a number of possible causes of pain in this area, some of which can be life-threatening, so it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible.
Causes of Chest Pain
Chest pain can be caused by problems with your digestive system, heart, or lungs. You can also experience chest pain due to injuries involving muscles or bones in this area. Other possible causes include panic attacks and shingles. Pain caused by lung or heart problems can be life-threatening without prompt treatment. Pain resulting from other causes, such as heartburn, gallstones, or bruised ribs, is usually not considered life-threatening, but it’s still important to seek medical care.
Symptoms of Chest Pain
Pain in the chest that is associated with heart problems can cause a wide range of symptoms, such as tightness or pressure in the chest, pain that increases when moving, and serious pain that moves to the arms, jaw, back, and other parts of the body. You might also have other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea, or dizziness, if your pain is caused by heart problems.
When you have chest pain resulting from non-heart-related problems, you might experience tenderness in your chest when pressure is applied to it. Pain might also get worse when you take deep breaths or when you cough, or it might get worse when you sit up, bend, or move around. Pain caused by digestive problems might also produce other symptoms, such as a sour taste in your mouth, along with a burning sensation in your chest.
Keep in mind that you should seek immediate medical care if you experience sudden chest pain, especially if this pain is accompanied by any other symptoms of heart problems.
Pinnacle ER has healthcare professionals available around-the-clock to provide you with emergency care for chest pain. Our physicians can run tests to determine the cause of your pain and begin treatment right away.