Chest pain is a medical emergency for which you almost always need to see the physician . Chest pain can happen for a whole slew of reasons. Sometimes the reason is obvious, such as an injury to the chest or a pulled muscle. At other times the reason for the chest pain is more obscure such as a swelling (inflammation) of the lining of the lungs or stomach acid that regurgitates causing heartburn.
The most important thing that your physician is usually interested in, is, making sure you are not having a heart attack. In this case, time is of the essence. A heart attack is a condition is which the blood supply to the heart is suddenly cut off . It happens when a blood clot lodges and blocks the blood vessel that supplies the heart. The heart muscle lacking blood slowly begins to die. The person experiences this as a pressure like chest pain that may radiate to the left arm or neck. If the person having the heart attack can get to the hospital in time, the clot can be dissolved or the blood vessel can be opened up with a wire mesh and balloon ( called a stenting procedure). This allows blood circulation to return to the heart muscle.
Some individuals have a higher risk developing a heart attack such as, the elderly, people with Diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol and in smokers. Chest pain should be taken with greater seriousness in this group of people.
So, what will you do the next time you see someone suffering from chest pain? Its always better to be safe than sorry.
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