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Chest Pain, Uncertain Cause

Outline of the body showing internal organs of the chest including the lungs, trachea, heart, and ribsBased on your exam today, the exact cause of your chest pain is not certain. Your condition does not seem serious at this time, and your pain does not appear to be coming from your heart. However, sometimes the signs of a serious problem take more time to appear. Therefore, watch for the warning signs listed below.

Home care

  • Rest today and avoid strenuous activity.

  • Take any prescribed medicine as directed.


with your doctor in 1–3 days.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • A change in the type of pain: if it feels different, becomes more severe, lasts longer, or begins to spread into your shoulder, arm, neck, jaw or back

  • Shortness of breath or increased pain with breathing

  • Weakness, dizziness, or fainting

  • Cough with blood or dark colored sputum (phlegm)

  • Fever over 101ºF (38.3ºC)

  • Swelling, pain or redness in one leg


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