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     Call 911 if the person has:

    • Chest pain, including pain that is crushing, squeezing (feels like a heavy weight on the chest), or is sharp and stabbing, especially if it is worse with deep breaths
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Racing heartbeat
    • Fevers or chills

    1. Reassure the Person

    • Calm the person to help reduce anxiety.

    2. Help the Person Relax Breathing

    3. When to Get Medical Help

    Go to a hospital emergency room if:

    • The person's symptoms don't get better after several minutes.
    • Symptoms get worse or the person is in pain.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 27, 2015

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