Question: Can I Go To Urgent Care For Chest Pains?

How do I know if my chest pain is serious?

If you’re having angina with any of the following signs and symptoms, it may indicate a more serious condition, such as a heart attack:Pain in your arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back accompanying chest pain.Nausea.Fatigue.Shortness of breath.Anxiety.Sweating.Dizziness or fainting spells..

Is severe pain an emergency?

The short answer to the title question is, “No.” Severe pain is NOT in and of itself an emergency medical condition under EMTALA.

What can mimic a heart attack?

One lung problem, pulmonary embolism, can mimic a heart attack and is equally serious. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in an artery in the lungs. This clot cuts off blood flow, and the lung tissue begins to die. A pulmonary embolism is a life-threatening medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.

Should I go to the ER for mild chest pain?

The only way to know is to seek medical attention. In short, if you are experiencing chest pain, you should not panic, but you should call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room (ER).

When should I worry about pain in the chest?

Sometimes chest pain is just chest pain. Sometimes it’s only a muscle strain, heartburn or bronchitis. More often than not there are benign reasons, but you should be evaluated by a healthcare professional if you’re worried. Chest pain can signal a serious condition, heart-related or otherwise.

Is it better to go to urgent care or ER?

Unless it’s a true emergency, urgent care is generally a better use of a patient’s time and resources. Many of them are open seven days a week, have far shorter wait times than the ER, and cost less than a traditional hospital emergency room visit.

Does going to urgent care cost more?

A visit to urgent care — even if you have to pay out-of-pocket — is still less expensive than going to the ER. On average, urgent care visits cost between $100 and $200. ER visits are more than twice this amount, usually over $500.

How do you rule out a heart attack?

You may be having a heart attack if you feel:Pain, pressure, or squeezing in your chest, particularly a little to the left side.Pain or pressure in your upper body like your neck, jawline, back, stomach, or in one or both of your arms (especially your left)Shortness of breath.Suddenly sweaty or clammy.More items…•

Should I go to urgent care for chest pain?

Chest pain can be frightening, and should always be taken very seriously. If you are experiencing severe pain or a crushing, squeezing pressure in your chest, especially if this pain moves into your neck, left shoulder or arm, you should seek emergency medical care immediately.

Can Urgent Care tell if you are having a heart attack?

If you or someone you know is experiencing mild signs and is unsure if they are suffering from a heart attack, our providers will immediately evaluate them, take vital signs and administer an EKG to determine next steps.

Can Urgent Care help with pain?

Urgent care facilities are able to prescribe medications, from antibiotics to pain medications and more, regardless of whether you are seeing a nurse practitioner or medical doctor.

Is it a heart attack or anxiety?

During a panic attack, chest pain is usually sharp or stabbing and localized to the middle of the chest. Chest pain from a heart attack may resemble pressure or a squeezing sensation.