Chest Pain, Noncardiac

Illustration of the chest showing position of the ribs, sternum, trachea, lungs, and diaphragm.

Based on your visit today, the exact cause of your chest pain is not certain. Your condition does not seem serious 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, please watch for the warning signs listed below.

Home Care:

  1. Rest today and avoid strenuous activity.

  2. Take any prescribed medicine as directed.

Follow Up

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

  • Cough with blood or dark colored sputum (phlegm)

  • Weakness, dizziness, or fainting

  • Fever of 101ºF (38.3ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Swelling, pain or redness in one leg

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