Complaints of pain localized to the chest pose a diagnostic challenge. Many individuals with chest pain have a benign course due to a self-limiting musculoskeletal process. However, appropriate and dedicated attention must be paid to each individual to approach the most likely clinical etiology.

Although chest pain is always a symptom of an underlying condition, the condition may not be a heart-related illness. The underlying condition may be serious (e.g. coronary artery disease), but many times it is not (e.g. heartburn). To be sure about proper treatment, anyone experiencing chest pain is encouraged to see a physician.

Chest pain is a broad term used to describe a variety of symptoms, including tightness, squeezing, crushing, choking, and radiating pain or numbness of the chest area. While chest pain does not always mean a heart attack, people should call emergency if they are experiencing:

· Chest pain or discomfort that is unrelieved by rest or a change in position and often spreads or radiates through the upper body to the arms, neck, shoulders, or jaw.

· Chest area pressure or squeezing sensation that may be either constant or intermittent.

What to do in case of Chest Pain?

Step 1: Take rest.

Step 2: Sorbitrate 5 mg. below the tongue.

Step 3: Repeat step 2.

Step 4: Report to the doctor.

Especially for a heart patient.

This is a simple set of rules to be followed in case you experience chest pain. In step no. 1 as soon as you experience the pain, please stop whatever activities you are doing and take rest. In the case of angina, the pain will go away with rest.

Step no. 2 is to be resorted to when step no. 1 fails. If this step also fails to relieve the chest pain then you can repeat it again in step no. 3 after waiting for 2-3 minutes.

Suppose after three steps the chest pain persists then you have to visit the doctors, who will immediately do an ECG. There is only possibilities, either cardiac or non-cardiac pain. ECG will show changes in case of cardiac pain whereas in case of non-cardiac pain it will be normal.

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