JFK Medical Center North Campus
Located in the heart of West Palm Beach, our 250-bed acute care facility has more than 30 years of experience in providing the highest quality of care to our community.

Know When to Go to the ER for Chest Pain

Angina, or chest pain, is one of the most common reasons people seek emergency care, but how do you know when you need urgent treatment or when your chest pain is just the result of over eating? Any time you experience chest pain, you should see a doctor to determine the cause and to be sure it is not being caused by a heart attack or other cardiac emergency. Here are some of the signs that should send you to the ER when you experience chest pain, even if you suspect your heart is not to blame.

You have been diagnosed with heart disease.

Heart disease is an indicator that you have an increased risk of having a heart attack. Even if you have successfully taken steps to improve your heart health, such as losing weight or quitting smoking, you still have a higher chance of experiencing a heart attack. Since chest pain is a heart attack symptom, you should always seek emergency care, even if the discomfort is mild.

You have had a previous heart attack.

Having one heart attack increases your risk of having another one in the future. Don’t assume that the symptoms of a second heart attack will mirror the ones you experienced during your first one. Any chest pain should be evaluated in the ER if you have a history of heart attacks. Keep in mind that your heart has been weakened by the muscle loss experienced during your first attack, so it is more crucial than ever to get fast treatment if you are having a heart attack.

You have another condition that increases your risk of a heart attack.

If you haven’t been diagnosed with heart disease but have another chronic medical condition that increases your chances of having a heart attack, chest pain is a symptom you should never ignore. Diabetes, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure all boost your risk of having a heart attack, so seek a diagnosis when experiencing chest pain

When you have chest pain, always err on the side of caution and go to the ER at JFK Medical Center North Campus for a fast diagnosis and urgent treatment. Find out more about all of our hospital services in West Palm Beach, FL by calling (888) 256-7694.


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