When should I see a doctor for chest pain?

If you have chest pain that feels like an elephant is sitting on your chest, call 911. People often wait too long before calling the doctor.

People shouldn’t get concerned or panicked about quick, sharp pains in the chest that come and go. However, an unusual discomfort that’s in the chest and is uncomfortable no matter what the circumstances should receive medical attention. You should get assistance from a paramedic immediately if the discomfort doesn’t go away. If the discomfort is a recurrent episode, especially if it’s related to activity, you should see your doctor.

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Treat your heart right by eating healthy, staying active and managing your stress. Although some heart conditions are heredity, you can reduce your risk by keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels, avoiding to...

bacco products and losing some pounds if you are obese or overweight. A diet high in fiber, veggies and fruits is essential for a healthy heart. Vitamins and supplements, such as fish oil, may help reduce your cholesterol, which if too high can cause blockage in your arteries and lead to a heart attack. If you arteries are blocked, you may need a stent or cardiac angioplasty device to open your blood vessels, which can help prevent a heart attack. Because heart disease is the number one killer of adults in the U.S., taking care of your heart is essential for a long life. If you have a family history of heart disease, it is especially important for you to manage your hearts health.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.