Chest pain can be related to different ailments. Know what questions to ask for the right course of action.
The idea of chest pain harkens visions of CPR and defibrillators for heart attack treatment. However, not all pain is created equal. It can be symptomatic of breathing ailments, heartburn, panic attacks as well as heart issues. When you suffer from chest pain, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Is my chest pain accompanied by the other symptoms?
You should seek immediate medical attention if you have any of these symptoms with your chest pain:
- Pain spreads to the arm
- Pressure on your left side
- Shortness of breath
- Erratic heartbeat
2. Is the pain related to my breathing?
If the pain worsens with deep breathing or if you have been coughing a lot, make an appointment to see your physician.
3. Did I eat a large meal?
When your chest pain follows pigging out on a bunch of food and is accompanied by belching, your pain could be related to digestion. Heartburn, which is the pain caused by stomach acid splashing into the esophagus, can cause chest pain. Try taking an antacid. If pain continues, talk to your physician.
4. Did I fall or otherwise suffer an injury?
If you suffer some sort of trauma to your chest area, your pain could be related to a rib injury. In this case, seek medical treatment.
If you are unsure of the origin of your chest pain, call 911. When your chest pain is heart related, the Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital has a full range of the latest diagnostics and treatments to get you on the road to recovery. For more information, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5120.