Dallas Emergency Care for Chest Pain
What’s Causing My Chest Pain?
When chest pain occurs, many people wonder if they’re having a heart attack. A heart attack is only one of many possible causes of chest pain. However, no form of chest pain should be ignored, and it is important to monitor your symptoms and contact a medical professional for an appointment.
Emergency chest pain symptoms:
- You are over 40 years old and have high-risk factors for heart disease, including family history, smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure
- There is radiating pain in the shoulders, arms, or jaw
- You feel weak and are having difficulty standing
- You have a difficult time breathing
- There is a tight, squeezing sensation accompanying the pain
- The pain is getting in the span of 10 to 15 minutes
- You feel nauseous or have vomited already
- Cold sweating accompanies the pain
- You have a numb feeling in the arm or hand
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Burning or heartburn-like pain
Not all chest pain is an emergency. If your pain gets worse or better when you move a certain way and/or there are no other symptoms, then you are probably not dealing with an emergency.
Anxiety attacks can also mimic the symptoms of a heart attack. If you are under the age of 40 and have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, this could be the source of your pain. However, taking chances can be dangerous and if you believe you are having a heart attack then you need to contact 911 or go to your local ER.