Emergency Care

Chest Pain: When to Visit an Emergency Room

When someone is experiencing chest pain, they often think that they are having a heart attack. While heart problems can cause these symptoms, a variety of other health concerns could be the cause of chest pain. It is difficult to know the exact cause of pain without a proper diagnosis, which is why it is a good idea to visit a doctor right away.

Describing Your Symptoms

Are you experiencing other symptoms in conjunction with chest pain? Be aware of the things that are happening in your body since these other symptoms can help with diagnosis. Pain sensations might feel like they are burning, aching, sharp, or stabbing. Or, you could have a consistent, dull sensation. Sometimes chest pain feels tight or crushing.

If the chest pain co-occurs with symptoms such as cold sweating, nausea, or tightness/pressure in the chest area, then it is likely a heart-related condition. Often, the pain is focused on the chest area but radiates into the back, shoulders, arms, neck, and jaw.

Our doctors at iCare ER and Urgent Care will discuss your symptoms and identify the right steps to diagnose the cause of your pain. We always provide personalized care and custom services to ensure the ideal treatment plan to meet your unique needs.

Should You Visit an ER for Chest Pain?

Chest pain is something that shouldn’t be ignored! Since a heart attack can be fatal, you should quickly decide if emergency services are needed. A visit to the emergency room can be essential to identify the underlying cause of pain.

When you aren’t feeling well and notice that the pain is getting worse, then it might be time to talk to a doctor. These symptoms indicate the need to visit an emergency room as soon as possible:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Tingling or pain in the upper parts of your body
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation/confusion
  • Tightness, crushing, or squeezing in the chest area
  • Excessive sweating

Chest pain can be a serious condition if a problem with the heart causes it. If the diagnosis is a problem with your lungs, ribs, muscles, or digestive system, then you might be moved to urgent care if emergency services aren’t required. The benefit of choosing iCare ER and Urgent Care is that we provide a range of treatment options, helping you avoid paying ER prices if emergency services aren’t required.

Convenient Emergency Center and Urgent Care Services

Heart-related chest pain could potentially be fatal if treatment is delayed. At iCare ER and Urgent Care, we offer 24/7 access to highly-trained doctors if you are experiencing any medical emergency. If your chest pain symptoms are severe, then we invite you to visit our nearest location as soon as possible.

For more information about available services, feel free to contact us at iCare ER and Urgent Care at any time. Our board-certified doctors are here to assist with everything from medical emergencies to minor urgent care services. Call ahead if you would like to schedule an appointment: (214) 407-8668.


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