Chest Pain: A Heart Attack Or Something Else?
The body is always in a state of change due to exercise, lack of exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress, age and so on. Chest pain can be a warning sign of a potential heart attack or caused by an assortment other activities that aren’t heart related. Usually Chest Pain that is accompanied with other warning signals should be taken serious and could be a sign of an impending heart attack.
What Does Heart Attack Chest Pain Feel Like?
Heart Attack related chest pain can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest.
How Do You Know If The Chest Pain Is Heart Attack Related?
When evaluating your chest pain condition, remain calm. The table below is designed to allow you to self diagnose your condition, but if in doubt always consult your doctor or medical professional.
Signs Of A Heart Attack
Signs Of Other Issues
|Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest||Sharp pain triggered by breathing or coughing|
|Pain gradually gets worse over the course of a few minutes.||Sharp pain that lasts only a few seconds|
|Pain spreads over a wide area of the chest, but feels constant in the middle of the chest.||Pain that is isolated to one side of the body|
|Pain expands to the left arm, neck, jaw, or back||Pain that is isolated to one small area of the body|
|Pain is accompanied with other warning signals such as difficulty breathing, a cold sweat, or sudden nausea.||Pain that continues for many hours or days without any other symptoms|
|Pain or pressure brought about during or after physical exertion or emotional stress or while you are at rest.||Pain triggered by pressing on the chest or through body motion|