Chest Pain

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

  • Intense, prolonged pain that might feel like pressure or heaviness.
  • Pain radiating from the left shoulder down the arm or pain in both arms, back, or even the jaw and neck. It may feel like severe indigestion.
  • Nausea, shortness of breath and intense sweating.
  • Weakness, restlessness and anxiousness.
  • Loss of consciousness.

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