When you have chest pain, it’s easy to explain it away as something non-serious. You assume that your big lunch is taking its toll or that the stress of your upcoming presentation is nagging at you, and then you try to go on with your day. In reality, ignoring chest pain could be deadly. Any time you experience chest pain, the only answer is to go to the emergency room right away for evaluation. If you are having a heart attack, every second counts. Find out why you can’t ignore chest pain, and what other symptoms could indicate you are having a heart attack.
Why shouldn’t I wait and see what happens when I have chest pain?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US, and many of those deaths are tied to heart attacks. In some cases, chest pain is the only symptom of a deadly heart attack, and the longer you wait to go to the emergency room, the more heart tissue will be destroyed. Consider these facts:
- 735,000 people in the US have heart attacks each year, and two-thirds of that group is people who have had a first heart attack. Just because you haven’t been diagnosed with heart disease doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you.
- Because most people don’t act quickly when they have symptoms of a heart problem like chest pain, about 47% of sudden cardiac deaths happen outside of the hospital.
Chest pain is a symptom that always requires an accurate diagnosis by a medical provider in the ER. There is no time to wait and see or to make a self-diagnosis.
What are some other symptoms of a heart emergency?
Although chest pain is a serious indicator of a cardiac crisis, heart attacks can cause other symptoms as well, including:
- Pain in the back, jaw and arms
- Shortness of breath and lightheadedness
Don’t take chances with your heart health. Go to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center and our emergency room in Thousand Oaks to get the lifesaving care you need around the clock from our skilled cardiology specialists. Find out more about all of our hospital services by calling (877) 888-5746.