What causes chest pain?

An episode of House Calls: Real Docs, Real Talk

The most important thing to know about chest pain is that you should call 911 if you experience it, especially if it’s sudden, severe, or accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, or shortness of breath. Chest pain can feel like a dull ache, a sharp stab, tightness, pressure, squeezing or burning. Chest pain doesn’t always indicate heart attack, but it can.

Dr. Eduardo Sanchez talks all things chest pain, what it means, and what you can do about it. Plus watch an exclusive medical animation illustrates the difference between a normal beating heart and a heart that is damaged by heart attack.

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