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Chest Pain

New onset chest pain always requires evaluation by your doctor. If the pain is severe, you should seek immediate medical care.

Even if the chest pain is not severe, emergency care is needed if the chest pain is crushing or squeezing or is accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms

  • shortness of breath

  • discomfort or tingling in the arms, especially the left arm

  • pain in the back

  • tightness or pain in the lower jaw

  • profuse sweating

  • lightheadedness or loss of consciousness.

Are you currently experiencing chest pain with any of the symptoms described above?

dash  Yes, I am experiencing one or more of these symptoms.
dash  No, I do not have any of these symptoms.

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