If you experience intense pain, tightness or pressure in your chest that lasts longer than a few minutes, or if the pain moves up to your neck, left shoulder, arm or jaw, go immediately to the hospital. Chest pain is one of the most common symptoms of a heart attack. Other symptoms include: prolonged pain in the upper abdomen, shortness of breath, sweating, indigestion or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn), light-headedness, dizziness or extreme weakness, rapid heartbeats, nausea, and fainting. Go to the ER at the first sign of a heart attack. Keep in mind that the best time to treat a heart attack is within the first hour symptoms occur.
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A heart attack is not the only cause of chest pain, other causes include:
- Pulmonary Embolus
- Aortic Dissection
- Coronary Spasm
Learn the risk factors for heart problems.