You should also visit the ER if your chest pain is prolonged, severe or accompanied by any of the following symptoms: Confusion/disorientation. Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath—especially after a long period of inactivity. Excessive sweating or ashen color.
How do I know if my chest pain is serious?
Call 911 if you have any of these symptoms along with chest pain: A sudden feeling of pressure, squeezing, tightness, or crushing under your breastbone. Chest pain that spreads to your jaw, left arm, or back. Sudden, sharp chest pain with shortness of breath, especially after a long period of inactivity.
What does ER check for chest pain?
Chest pain doesn’t always signal a heart attack. But that’s what emergency room doctors will test for first because it’s potentially the most immediate threat to your life. They may also check for life-threatening lung conditions — such as a collapsed lung or a clot in your lung.
How do I know if my chest pain is muscular?
A strained or pulled chest muscle may cause a sharp pain in your chest.
Classic symptoms of strain in the chest muscle include:
- pain, which may be sharp (an acute pull) or dull (a chronic strain)
- muscle spasms.
- difficulty moving the affected area.
- pain while breathing.
How long should chest pain last?
Heart attack symptoms can last for a few minutes to a few hours. If you have had chest pain continuously for several days, weeks or months, then it is unlikely to be caused by a heart attack.
How do you know if your having chest pains?
Heart-related chest pain
Pressure, fullness, burning or tightness in your chest. Crushing or searing pain that radiates to your back, neck, jaw, shoulders, and one or both arms. Pain that lasts more than a few minutes, gets worse with activity, goes away and comes back, or varies in intensity. Shortness of breath.