There are many potential causes of chest pains from a heart attack to heart burn. Familiarize yourself with some more of the causes so that you what action is required.
The most serious of the potential causes of chest pains is a heart attack. In most cases other symptoms will accompany this. These may include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical assistance. After phoning for an ambulance and describing your symptoms, the operator will probably advise you to take an aspirin while you wait for the ambulance to arrive. If treatment is provided fast enough damage to the heart muscle can be prevented. Chest pains are the most common and often the earliest symptom of a heart attack. Women, more so than men go on to develop pain in other areas including the back and jaw as well as suffer from other symptoms such as shortness of breath. If the chest pains get worse during exercise or stress then it may be a sign of heart disease and once again, medical attention should be sought immediately. Under these circumstances never attempt to drive yourself to the hospital as this can put yourself as well as others in danger.
Naturally anyone who suffers from pains in the chest tends to jump to the conclusion that it is something to do with the heart. However, in many people, especially those who are under the age of 40, this is not the case. There are a great number of health problems and conditions, of which chest pains is one of the symptoms. Some examples include:
All of the above conditions can be treated if promptly seen to by a medical professional. As with most health conditions, if they are left untreated for a prolonged period of time, it is possible for complications to occur. Along with these causes of chest pains, there are some more potential causes which are considered more serious and will require emergency assistance should they occur:
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