Chest Pain

A good rule of thumb is to seek immediate medical attention if you feel any new or unexplained chest pain. When you evaluate it, time is crucial. While not all pain is indicative of an emergency condition, there is often no way to know without visiting a physician. It is particularly important to seek emergency care if you are experiencing common indications of heart-related condition, including:


  • Searing or “heavy” pain that travels to your back, jaw, neck, shoulders, or arms (especially on your left side)
  • Tightness, pressure, or a sensation of fullness in your chest
  • Chest discomfort that persists for more than a few minutes and worsens with physical activity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness, weakness, nausea, or cold sweats
  • Chest pain that is accompanied by a tear sensation in your back