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There are many things that can cause chest pain. Some are not serious and will get better on their own in a few days. But some kinds of chest pain need more testing and treatment. Your doctor may have recommended a follow-up visit in the next few days. If you are not getting better, you may need more tests or treatment.
Even though your doctor has released you, you still need to watch for any problems. The doctor carefully checked you, but sometimes problems can develop later. If you have new symptoms or if your symptoms do not get better, get medical care right away.
If you have worse or different chest pain or pressure that lasts more than 5 minutes or you passed out (lost consciousness), call 911 or seek other emergency help right away.
A medical visit is only one step in your treatment. Even if you feel better, you still need to do what your doctor recommends, such as going to all suggested follow-up appointments and taking medicines exactly as directed. This will help you recover and help prevent future problems.
Call 911 if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you do not get better as expected.
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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