Chest pain is something that should never be taken lightly, even if it may just be a post-dinner settling or discomfort. You and only you can decide whether or not the pain in your chest calls for an ER visit, but according to “verywellhealth" there are some signs to look for that may show the pain is less likely to be dangerous:
- The pain reliably and reproducibly changes with changes in your body position.
- The pain is momentary or fleeting.
- You have had identical pains in the past, and a cardiac disorder was ruled out after a complete medical evaluation.
Verywellhealth also discusses some signs that need immediate attention:
- You are any age and have a very strong family history of early heart disease.
- The pain can best be described by the terms tightness, squeezing, heaviness, or crushing.
- The pain is accompanied by weakness, nausea, shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness or fainting.
- The pain “radiates” to the shoulders, arms, or jaw.
- The pain is more severe than any you have had before.
- The pain is accompanied by a sense of alarm, or the feeling that something is horribly wrong (this is often called by doctors, “a sense of impending doom”).
- The pain gets continually worse over the first 10 or 15 minutes.
- The pain is new –- you have never experienced anything like it before.
When you think “What Now?” Think ER Now. Faces you know, Doctors you trust.
Read the full article “When Is Chest Pain An Emergency?” here: