Got chest pain but no heart attack symptoms? You should still get it checked out

KYW Staff
October 15, 2019 - 3:52 pm
Man with chest pain.

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor  

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The question comes up quite a bit: What should I do if I have chest pain and feel otherwise fine and there is no radiation to the jaw or any of those classic signs and there is no shortness of breath? 

We know that there are many reasons for chest pain that are not associated with a heart attack, but you are playing Russian roulette if you think you can wait it out or avoid being seen.

When someone comes to the doctor's office complaining of chest pain, we don't take anything for granted. We routinely do EKGs and check blood work. 

Our physical exams can help, but we need tests to evaluate fully and in those cases where there are suspicions, we do cardiac caths, echocardiograms and anything necessary because once heart tissue is damaged, we can't repair it. 

So, the answer to the question is always get it checked out.