Not all chest pains are symptoms of a heart attack

Some types of chest pain should send you to the emergency room immediately.  If you experience new or unexplained pain, pressure or discomfort in the center of your chest or in your arms, back, jaw, neck or upper stomach — along with shortness of breath, a cold sweat, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness — for at least five minutes, call 911.

These symptoms may signal a heart attack, or myocardial infarction. Immediate treatment is essential to save heart muscle.  But when chest aches and pains are fleeting, it’s often something different.

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Symptoms that suggest another problem

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