Regardless of why it occurs, chest pain can be frightening, so it can put your mind at ease to get checked by a doctor. At our convenient locations in Frisco or South Fort Worth, TX, iCare ER & Urgent Care has board-certified practitioners who can help manage your symptoms and quickly provide medical assistance any time you need it. Depending on the severity of your pain and the type (either sharp, dull, burning, aching, stabbing, tight, squeezing, or crushing), our team may treat you in urgent care. However, iCare also offers emergency services if they are needed. Our goal is to ensure you are safely monitored and diagnosed so that your chest pain can be resolved.
Examples of Chest Pain
Chest pain symptoms that need medical treatment as soon as possible include:
- Reflux disease or heartburn, ulcers, spasms, gastritis
- Gallstones, biliary colic
- Pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane that covers the heart)
- Pleuritis (inflammation of the membrane that covers the lungs)
- Musculoskeletal chest wall pain
- Nerve pain
For emergency situations, we have board-certified doctors onsite 24/7 at iCare to help diagnose, treat, and monitor your pain. We will also recommend the next appropriate steps to take to ensure your health and safety. More serious causes of chest pain include:
- Heart attack
- Aortic dissection (tear in the wall of the aorta)
- Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
- Pulmonary embolism (blockage in the artery of the lungs by a blood clot)
- Esophageal tear
Seeking Medical Care
There could be many causes of your chest pain, so even minimal symptoms should be treated seriously. If you are experiencing certain signs, such as a crushing or squeezing pain, sweating, clamminess, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, or any type of pain in the upper extremities, you should seek help. Your chest pain could also be signs of a heart attack, especially if you have the following:
- Heart disease
- A predisposition for heart disease (it runs in your family)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
If you are a smoker or a substance abuser, you may also have an increased possibility that your chest pain is related to your heart. Chest pain should be evaluated by an emergency room physician as quickly as possible.
What to Expect
When you arrive at iCare ER & Urgent Care Frisco or South Fort Worth with chest pain, our staff will work to quickly determine whether your pain is a symptom of a heart attack or another condition. If needed, chest pain can be treated in our 24/7 emergency room. Your visit will start with a discussion about your medical history, a physical exam, and many times, an electrocardiogram to diagnose and confirm the causes of your chest pain. Our facilities are equipped with advanced technology so that we can receive results within 15 minutes from our CLIA/COLA-certified laboratory, allowing our team to quickly diagnose and treat your chest pain.