Chest Pain is always A Reason To Go To The ER

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Heart Attack Know the Symptoms. Take Action

The recent and sudden deaths of several well-known celebrities from heart-related issues should focus everyone's attention on the dangers of heart disease and knowing the symptoms of a serious problem.

Chest pain can be caused by indigestion, which is usually minor or a heart attack, which can be life-threatening. It's important to take chest pain symptoms seriously and immediately call 9-1-1 or seek care in the nearest emergency department.  It could save your life or the life of a loved one.

"Patients should never diagnose themselves," said Becky Parker, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "Often it takes a team of medical experts and various tests to diagnose the specific causes of chest pain. If it's a heart problem, that delay in time can prove fatal."   

The most common symptoms of a heart attack include:

Heart Attack signs can differ between men and women. 

According to the American Heart Association, the most common symptoms in women include:

Some less common warning signs of heart attack in both men and women that should be taken seriously, especially if they accompany any of the above symptoms include:

"Not all these signs occur in every attack. Sometimes they go away and return,” said Dr. Parker. "However in all cases, a person can help lower the chance of dying from a heart attack by recognizing symptoms and getting medical help immediately."

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education.