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What causes chest pain?
Chest pain can have many causes. Some are serious, such as heart attack, while others, such as muscle strain and anxiety, are less serious. If you have chest pain, it is important to treat it as serious and seek medical attention.
If I have chest pain, do I need to call an ambulance?
If you feel chest pain, call emergency services (000 in Australia) without delay. They will ask you a few questions to determine whether you need an ambulance.
How do I know if my chest pain is a heart attack?
It is difficult to know if your chest pain is being caused by a heart attack or something else. That's why it is best to seek medical attention if you have chest pain.
Is chest pain always the main symptom of a heart attack?
Chest pain is not always the main symptom of a heart attack. Some people can have changes in the sensation they feel from their heart muscle. this is usually due to disease, such as diabetes. These people will not necessarily feel …
Is chest pain only experienced by adults?
Although chest pain is commonly felt by adults, there are some factors that can cause a child or teenager to feel chest pain.
What are some common causes of chest pain?
Common causes of chest pain include: abnormal heart rhythms, blockage of arteries to the heart muscle, chest wall injuries, lung infections, and heartburn or indigestion.
Is all chest pain serious?
Although heart conditions that cause chest pain can be serious, there are other less serious and easily treated causes of chest pain such as muscular strain or anxiety.
How is chest pain treated?
The type of treatment for chest pain will vary, depending on the cause and severity of the symptoms. For example, if the chest pain is caused by an underlying heart condition, treatment may include medication, surgery and lifestyle changes.
About this article
Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Chest pain