Chest Problems - Home Treatment
Home treatment is not appropriate
for chest pain if the pain occurs with
symptoms of a heart attack. If you think a heart
attack might be the cause of your symptoms, call911or other emergency services immediately. After you call 911, the operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength or 2 to 4 low-dose aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.
Home treatment for people who have been diagnosed with chest pain (angina)
Most people who have been diagnosed with angina have a
pattern to their angina attacks that they can recognize. If you and your doctor
have made a
home treatment plan for your angina attacks, follow that plan. If the pain
gets worse or does not go away or if you are unsure how to use your plan,
call911or other emergency services immediately.
You may be able to
control how much your angina bothers you by making changes in your lifestyle.
You may find it helpful to:
- Avoid strenuous activities that bring on
- Eat balanced, nutritious meals. Try to limit the amount of
fats and fatty foods you eat.
- Maintain a healthy
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Don't drink more than 2 alcoholic drinks a day if you are a man, or 1 alcoholic drink a day if you are a woman.
- Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. For more information, see the topic
- Reduce stress. For more
information, see the topic
- Control your blood
pressure with diet and medicine. For more information, see the topic
High Blood Pressure.
extremely cold or hot environments.
- Take all medicines, such as nitroglycerin, as
instructed by your doctor.
- Follow the exercise or activity program
you and your doctor developed.
If you do not need 911
emergency medical treatment for your chest pain or angina,
take your pulse before reporting your symptoms to your
doctor. Your heart rate and rhythm at the time of your chest pain may help your
doctor evaluate your symptoms.
Home treatment for minor pain in the chest
treatment for minor chest pain depends on the cause of the pain. Minor chest
pain often improves with home treatment. A visit to your doctor
may not be needed.