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What to do if you feel chest pain

Think of Your Heart chronicles by Dr Martin Juneau, February 4, 2013 - 15:00

Chest pain takes many different forms and can be associated with several different heart problems. Here’s what you should do if you experience discomfort:

Do you feel heaviness, tightening or burning in your chest on effort, but the symptoms disappear at rest? You may have angina. Consult your doctor immediately so he can make a precise diagnosis and start the appropriate treatment.

Do you feel heaviness, tightening or burning at rest or on minimal effort? You may have unstable angina. Go to the Emergency room right away. 

While at rest, you suddenly feel heaviness, pressure and tightening in your chest, numbness in your arms, nausea and cold sweats. The symptoms do not improve with deep breathing, massage or immobilization. You are most likely having a heart attack. Call 911 or have someone drive you to the Emergency room immediately to limit the potential damage to your heart.

When in doubt, call Info-Santé at 811.


With the cooperation of Marie Cournoyer, nurse  Nutritionist

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