First Aid: Chest Pains

First Aid: Chest Pains

First Aid

Chest pain can be caused by many things, from a pulled muscle to asthma. Depending on the reason for the pain, the symptoms may differ. Chest pain in children is rarely a sign of serious heart trouble.

Signs and Symptoms

What to Do

Seek Emergency Medical Care


Chest pain is accompanied by:

Think Prevention!

It's impossible to always avoid chest pain, considering its many potential causes. But you can:

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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