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