Can I Treat Chest Pain at Home?

Many things can cause chest pain or discomfort. Some aren’t life-threatening, including:

But chest pain can also be a sign of a heart attack or another heart problem. That’s why if you -- or someone you love -- has chest pain or any other possible symptoms of a heart attack, don’t wait!

Call 911 immediately if you have:

  • Chest pain. It might feel like tightness, pressure, fullness, or squeezing. It may last more than a few minutes, or go away and come back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both of your arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Feeling lightheaded or faint
  • Shortness of breath
  • Upper back pressure
  • Extreme tiredness that may last for days. Simple tasks, like making the bed or walking to the bathroom, might wear you out.
  • Fast or irregular heart beats
  • A feeling of fullness, indigestion, or choking that feels like heartburn

Remember: People experience pain differently. What’s severe pain for you might feel like simple cramps to another.

Also keep in mind that heart attack signs are different from person to person. Anyone can have chest pain during a heart attack. It’s the most common symptom of a heart attack. But women, the elderly, and those with diabetes can also have other symptoms. Or they might not even have any at all.

When in doubt, make the call.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on August 2, 2018

Sources

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Heart Attack Symptoms in Women.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart Attack.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Women: Don’t Ignore These 3 Subtle Heart Attack Symptoms.”

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