Chest Pain – What to expect at the ER


While it is true that some chest pain can be caused by some pretty benign and inconsequential conditions, it is also true that chest pain can be your five-alarm signal that something needs immediate attention and could be life threatening. This is the time to get to an Emergency Room as soon as possible. Emergency Room doctors will test first for a heart attack because it is potentially the most immediate threat to you life.

Some of the first tests the doctor may order include:

Electrocardiogram (ECG). This test records the electrical activity of you hear. Because injured heart muscle doesn’t conduct electrical impulses normally, the ECG may show that you have had or are having a heart attack.

Blood tests – Blood test to check for increased levels of certain proteins or enzymes normally found in the heart muscle may indicate damaged heart muscle as they can leak into the blood stream.

Chest X-Ray - An X-ray of your chest allows doctors to check the condition and size of your heart and major blood vessels. A chest X-Ray can also reveal lung problems such as pneumonia.

Other imaging such as a CT scan can spot a blood clot or make sure you are not having a more serious condition.

In an emergency room setting, the first rule of order is to rule out a potentially life-threatening cardiac event, namely acute coronary syndrome with or without myocardial infraction (heart attack). Diagnosis is important since rapid and aggressive treatment can be necessary to avoid permanent cardiac damage. My Emergency Room 24/7 is available every day of the week 24 hours a day. A prompt visit to My Emergency Room located at 2810 I-H 35 Frontage Road can help stabilize and even save a life should you experience chest pains.


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