Chest pain is a broad term encompassing a variety of sensations, whether sharp, dull, aching, burning or crushing, located anywhere between the neck and the abdomen.

Heart attacks, anxiety attacks, panic attacks or blood clots can all be causes of chest pain, and should therefore be taken seriously. Chest pain may also indicate problems with your muscles, ribs, lungs, esophagus or digestive system.

You know your body best; if you feel something is seriously wrong, immediately visit the nearest Aurora ER. If you’re not certain, the following tips can provide some guidance.

When to go to the ER for chest pain – symptoms and situations

Visit an emergency room near you immediately if you are experiencing chest pain with any of the following, as they may be symptoms of a heart attack or another serious issue:

  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Extremely low blood pressure or heart rate
  • Extremely rapid heartbeat and/or breathing
  • Respiratory trouble or shortness of breath, especially after a lengthy period of inactivity
  • Dizziness and/or nausea
  • Sudden feeling of pressure, tightness, squeezing, or crushing under the breastbone
  • Pain spreading into the left arm, back, or jaw
  • Sudden loss of color or excessive sweating

Remember, if you are experiencing unusual chest pain, it is important to stay calm and call 911 or visit the ER nearest you immediately.

Immediate chest pain care at an Aurora hospital near you

Designated as a cardiac center of excellence, The Medical Center of Aurora emergency room provides the highest level of care to patients experiencing chest pain and other emergency symptoms. The ER houses a Level II trauma center and stroke center to care for patients with the most serious of conditions. Our board-certified physicians and certified emergency nurses are dedicated to providing a patient-centered environment with quick access to emergency care.