Coronary Heart Disease : When to Seek Medical Care

Call your health care provider if you notice any of the following symptoms, which suggest angina:
  • Chest pain, pressure or feeling of indigestion after physical exertion, which may or may not be relieved by rest

  • Shoulder or arm pain involving left, right, or both sides during physical or mentally stressful activity

  • Jaw pain, unexplained by another cause, like a sore tooth

  • Shortness of breath after exertion or walking uphill

  • Fainting spell

  • Pain in the upper part of your abdomen

  • Unexplained nausea, vomiting, or sweating

  • Palpitations or dizziness
Call 911 or have someone take you immediately to a hospital emergency department if you have signs of a heart attack.
  • The most crucial factor is time. Each year, thousands of Americans die because they do not seek medical attention quickly.

  • Err on the side of caution and go to the hospital.

  • This may prove to be the difference between life and death.
The most common symptoms of heart attack include the following:
  • Unremitting or prolonged chest pain, chest pressure, or a feeling like heartburn

  • Shoulder or arm pains (left or right) or upper abdominal pain that won't go away

  • Shortness of breath after minimal activity or while resting

  • Blackout spells

  • Unexplained profuse sweating with or without nausea or vomiting

  • Frequent chest pain or discomfort at rest


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