Chest pain can be confusing. There are so many different causes, both cardiac and non-cardiac. Some instances of pain may be life-threatening, while others may be a benign result of indigestion. There isn’t always a clear sign of a dangerous condition. For that reason, Baptist Health offers chest pain evaluations to help you understand your symptoms.
When should you call my doctor?
Call your doctor right away if you have:
- Mild chest pain or discomfort that isn’t relieved with medicine
- Chest pain that occurs at rest
- Chest pain or discomfort accompanied by symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD).
Let your doctor know if you have:
- A history of chest pain or discomfort caused by CAD
- One or more risk factors for heart disease
- A family history of death as a result of a heart attack
When should you call 911?
Seek immediate emergency care if you are experiencing chest pain accompanied by any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain that spreads from the chest to the neck, jaw, shoulders, or arms
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Fast or irregular pulse
- Shock (such as severe weakness or an inability to stand or walk)
When it comes to chest pain, it’s always better to be safe. If you are experiencing discomfort, request an appointment for a chest pain evaluation today.