Chest Pain, Nonspecific

It is often hard to give a specific diagnosis for the cause of chest pain. There is always a chance that your pain could be related to something serious, like a heart attack or a blood clot in the lungs. You need to follow up with your caregiver for further evaluation. More lab tests or other studies such as X-rays, electrocardiography, stress testing, or cardiac imaging may be needed to find the cause of your pain.

Most of the time, nonspecific chest pain improves within 2 to 3 days with rest and mild pain medicine. For the next few days, avoid physical exertion or activities that bring on pain. Do not smoke. Avoid drinking alcohol. Call your caregiver for routine follow-up as advised.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop increased chest pain or pain that radiates to the arm, neck, jaw, back, or abdomen.

  • You develop shortness of breath, increased coughing, or you start coughing up blood.

  • You have severe back or abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting.

  • You develop severe weakness, fainting, fever, or chills.