5 Chest Pain Symptoms

There are 5 chest pain symptoms you should never ignore, regardless of how insignificant they may appear. Of course, everyone knows to call 911 or go to the ER if they have sudden, sharp, chest pains. But, what if the chest pain is not so sudden or severe, what then? How do you know when to seek medical attention? There is nothing more frustrating than going to the emergency room, waiting half the night, just to be told you had a severe case of indigestion. If you have had any medical issues in the past regarding your heart, do not try to “self diagnose”, head to the ER to be assessed by a physician. The adage "better safe than sorry" is the rule of thumb!   

Pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you. Symptoms are signs of “something”; your body does not just send you signals to confuse you. Chest pain is the classic symptom of Heart Attack-but not all chest pains “seem” like a heart attack.  Give your immediate and full attention to the following five chest pain symptoms:  

  1. Any pain under the breastbone. Heart-related chest pain is usually centered under the breastbone slightly to the left of the center of your chest. Even minor aches should be given attention.  

  2. Pressure or discomfort.  The feeling has been likened to “an elephant sitting on your chest”. Slight pressure, even if not as severe, is still a sign that something is amiss.  

  3. Squeezing sensations.  Whether the sensation is painful or not, is a symptom you should not feel in your chest.

  4. That full feeling.  You feel as if you have eaten, even when you have not eaten. Yes, we know it could be a classic case of indigestion, but you should pay attention and not assume it is merely gas.  

  5. Burning sensation. This could be acid reflux or heartburn, but let’s not take any chances, particularly if you are at an at risk age, or have a history of heart disease.   

Seek medical attention when your body tells you something is wrong. The American Heart Association has collected this data—425,425 deaths (about one in every six) in the United States in 2006 were attributed to heart attacks. Do not ignore chest pain, do not become a statistic.   


American Heart Association  


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