We all know to seek emergency care for chest pain, but what happens when the tests are run and it turns out, it’s not a heart attack? What in the world was it?
Could be a number of things, writes Richard N. Fogoros, M.D., in this week’s featured article. Arthritis, shingles, a blood clot–even acid-reflux disease. That last one “often has many of the characteristics of classic cardiac pain, including a response to nitroglycerin,” Fogoros says.
Get a quick rundown here: “When It’s Not a Heart Attack: Other Causes of Chest Pain.” And never be embarrassed to seek emergency care. If it turns out your pain is from something else, great. Now you know–and you’re still alive.
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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance health writer.
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