It is important to take chest pain seriously. Monitor the condition closely, and if you are concerned, see a physician.
It's sometimes difficult to decide whether chest pain is a medical emergency, but the following are highlights of a medical crisis.
Get emergency assistance if the chest pain is accompanied by:
- Pain that spreads to the arm, jaw, shoulders or neck,
- Breathing difficulties,
- A feeling of pressure on the left side,
- Nausea or vomiting,
- Sweating or anxiety, or
- An uneven heartbeat.
These symptoms could indicate the victim is having a heart attack. Heart attacks can cause several minutes of prolonged pain in the chest or can be "siletn" with no symptoms.
If you believe someone is experiencing a heart attack, help them sit comfortably and loosen any tight clothing. Get help immediately!
Characteristics of a Heart Attack