What happens if I go to the hospital because of chest pain?
Not everyone who goes to the ER with chest pain is admitted to the hospital. But if there’s a good chance that the pain is due to a heart attack or other serious condition, you will be.
For the first 24 hours after a heart attack, you’re usually in a coronary care unit (CCU) or an intensive care unit (ICU). There, skilled staff will closely check your heart. You'll get electrocardiograms, blood tests, and possibly other tests. Doctors will keep close watch over you and give you meds as needed.
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.