Chest Pain

Overview

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 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 symptoms. 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 may 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)
  • Pneumonia
  • 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 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 a sign 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
  • Diabetes

 

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  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. Your visit will start with a discussion about your medical history, a physical exam, and additional diagnostic or laboratory tests to find the causes of your chest pain. In the event that a patient requires hospitalization or other procedures that we do not offer at iCare, we are able to transfer them to a hospital for admission.

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