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When should I see a doctor about my chest pain?

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When in doubt, call your doctor about any chest pain you have, particularly if it's paired with:

Call 911 if you have any of these symptoms along with chest pain:

  • Fever, chills, or coughing up yellow-green mucus
  • Problems swallowing
  • Severe chest pain that does not go away
  • A sudden feeling of pressure, squeezing, tightness, or crushing under your breastbone
  • Pain that spreads to your jaw, left arm, or back
  • Shortness of breath, especially after a long period of inactivity
  • Nausea, dizziness, rapid heart rate or rapid breathing, confusion, ashen color, or excessive sweating
  • Very low blood pressure or very low heart rate

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Non-Cardiac Chest Pain."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lung and Airway Disorders: Symptoms" and "Chest Pain."

National Lung Health Education Program: "Chest Pain."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chest Pain, Chronic."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD))."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Non-Cardiac Chest Pain."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lung and Airway Disorders: Symptoms" and "Chest Pain."

National Lung Health Education Program: "Chest Pain."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chest Pain, Chronic."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD))."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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