Chest pain is a symptom of a variety of medical conditions, including cardiac conditions, muscle strain (usually from coughing or sneezing), indigestion, pneumonia, or rib injuries. Chest pain from a heart attack is usually felt as a crushing or squeezing sensation. The severity can range from sharp to mild. Other symptoms of heart attack include shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, an irregular or rapid heartbeat, or pain radiating from the arm, neck, or jaw.
Call 911 or emergency services immediately if you have symptoms of a heart attack.
The best way to prevent a heart attack is to live a healthy lifestyle.
To reduce your risk:
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a healthy, low-fat diet.
- Avoid smoking.