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Chest Pain, Uncertain Cause

Outline of the body showing internal organs of the chest including the lungs, trachea, heart, and ribsChest pain can happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes the cause can not be determined. If your condition does not seem serious, and your pain does not appear to be coming from your heart, your doctor may recommend watching it closely. Sometimes the signs of a serious problem take more time to appear. Therefore, watch for the warning signs listed below.

Home care

After your visit, follow these recommendations:

  • Rest today and avoid strenuous activity.

  • Take any prescribed medicine as directed.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your doctor or this facility as instructed or if you do not start to feel better within 24 hours.

Call 911

Get immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • A change in the type of pain: if it feels different, becomes more severe, lasts longer, or begins to spread into your shoulder, arm, neck, jaw or back

  • Shortness of breath or increased pain with breathing

  • Weakness, dizziness, or fainting

  • Rapid heart beat

Get prompt medical attention

Call your doctor right away if any of the following occur:

  • Cough with dark colored sputum (phlegm) or blood

  • Fever of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your health care provider

  • Swelling, pain or redness in one leg


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