In the cardiovascular world, time is muscle. If you’re experiencing chest pain, call your doctor, but if you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
It’s easy to assume any sort of chest pain must mean you’re having a heart attack. But the truth is, there can be many possible causes for your chest pain that are unrelated to your heart. For example, chest pain may also be caused by problems in your muscles, nerves, lungs or ribs. Some—but not all—of these conditions can be serious and life-threatening. If you’re not sure why you have chest pain, visit a Riverview Health Emergency Room & Urgent Care location to have it checked out.