Chest Pain & The Emergency Room

September 24, 2017

Chest Pain & The Emergency Room: To Go or Not to Go?

September 24, 2017

So you’re having chest pain. Is it a heart attack or something much less serious? Should you go to the emergency room, or will it pass? When your chest hurts, when do you call 911? In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Science Center emergency medicine expert Dr. Joshua Stringer talks about chest pain and when to head for the ER.


  1. Heart attack can be different from person to person and between men and women. But what are the most common symptoms?
  2. Many times chest pain can be something other than a heart attack. What are other reasons that someone might experience chest pain?
  3. Can an ordinary individual without medical training tell the difference between a heart attack and chest pain caused by something else?
  4. If you or someone you know is having chest pain, how do you know when to call 911 and/or head for the emergency room?
  5. Does a family history of heart disease make it more likely that a person's chest pain is related to heart disease and a possible heart attack?
  6. If someone has already had a heart attack, does that individual have an increased chance that chest pain may signal a second heart attack?
  7. If you are with or near someone who thinks that he or she may be having a heart attack, what should be done immediately and why is fast response so important?
  8. On the subject of immediately, if it is clear that someone is having a heart attack, what should be done ahead of all else?
  9. What should you do if someone nearby is having a heart attack and you aren't trained in CPR?

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