Frequent question: Should I go to urgent care for chest discomfort?

Should I go to urgent care for mild chest pain?

After all, even otherwise healthy people can have unexpected heart attacks. But if you’re under 55 (the age at which risk goes up for women), have no history of heart disease, and think you can pinpoint a minor cause behind your chest pain, you may want to consider urgent care over the emergency room.

Should I go to the ER if my chest feels tight?

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.

Will I get admitted for chest pain?

Patients with acute central chest pain account for 20-30% of emergency medical admissions. Most are admitted because of concern about unstable coronary heart disease. Yet fewer than half will have a final diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction or unstable angina.

What does the middle of my chest hurt?

Chest pain may be caused by angina or a heart attack. Other causes of chest pain can include indigestion, reflux, muscle strain, inflammation in the rib joints near the breastbone, and shingles. If in doubt about the cause of your chest pain, call an ambulance.

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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:

  1. pain, which may be sharp (an acute pull) or dull (a chronic strain)
  2. swelling.
  3. muscle spasms.
  4. difficulty moving the affected area.
  5. pain while breathing.
  6. bruising.

Where is chest pain located?

Chest pain is discomfort or pain that you feel anywhere along the front of your body between your neck and upper abdomen. Symptoms of a possible heart attack include chest pain and pain that radiates down the shoulder and arm. Some people (older adults, people with diabetes, and women) may have little or no chest pain.

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.

When should I seek medical attention for chest pain?

When to see a doctor

Anxiety, indigestion, infection, muscle strain, and heart or lung problems can all cause chest pain. If your chest pain is new, changing or otherwise unexplained, seek help from a doctor. If you think you’re having a heart attack, call 911 or your local emergency number.

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