Chest pain may extend outside chest, often needs to be checked by professional

American Heart Association

Guideline Highlights:

  • More than 6.5 million emergency department visits each year in the U.S. are due to chest pain, as well as almost 4 million outpatient clinic visits annually.
  • Chest pain or discomfort can extend to the shoulders, arms, jaw, neck, back and upper abdomen.
  • While most chest pain episodes are found to be not heart-related, it is the most common sign of heart trouble in advance of a serious event. People should seek immediate medical care for evaluation of chest discomfort.
  • Both women and men experience chest pain during a serious heart event, however, women are more likely to experience accompanying side effects like nausea and shortness of breath.
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