Many of us wonder if we get a sharp pain in our chest, are we having a heart attack? What is that pain in my arm? Am I having a heart attack? Should I wait to see if it gets worse or go to the doctor or E.R? We all have a lot of questions and many we cannot answer ourselves. There is plenty of research on the internet from various medical institutions that can assist you but it can also be overwhelming. Personal injury attorneys Jacksonville tried to highlight some information or answer some of the more commonly asked questions. The most important thing to remember is if you have unexplained chest pain lasting more than a few minutes, it is better to seek emergency medical assistance than to try and diagnose the cause yourself.
As with other sudden, unexplained pains, chest pain may be a signal for you to get medical help. Use the following information to help determine whether your chest pain is a medical emergency.
What could be signs and symptoms of something other than a heart attack?
All too often, the mention of chest pain brings up images of a heart attack, but there are plenty of other diseases and conditions that can trigger this symptom.
Cleveland Clinic posts on their website symptoms that are unlikely to signal a heart attack as written by Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Curtis Rimmerman, MD in his book “The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Heart Attacks”
What could be signs and symptoms of a heart attack?
Dr. Rimmerman of the Cleveland Clinic is quick to point out that the symptoms of a heart attack or angina can vary greatly from person to person. Some people experience no symptoms at all. Others experience crushing chest pain. Still, others may feel only arm discomfort.
The Harvard Heart Letter notes that it is more likely to be a heart attack if you experience
But when in doubt, visit a doctor or emergency room.
The Mayo Clinic give pointers on what to do if you or someone else may be having a heart attack:
How do doctors determine if you are having a heart attack:
Doctors use several pieces of information to determine who is, and who isn’t, having a heart attack. The most accurate are blood tests for markers that show damage to the heart muscle, such as creatine kinase and cardiac troponin. But since it takes a while for blood levels of these proteins to get measurably high, the best early methods are an ECG (electrocardiogram) plus the story and description of your chest pain and other symptoms.
http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/is-your-chest-pain-a-heart-attack-or-something-else & http://www.health.com/heart-disease/causes-of-chest-pain & https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/03/3-types-of-chest-pain-that-wont-kill-you/ & http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-attack/basics/symptoms/con-20019520