Chest pain can be a scary and concerning experience. Chest pain is one of the most common symptoms that send people to the emergency room. However, chest pain Port Saint Lucie does not always indicate a heart attack. Some chest pains are minor and last for only a few minutes. Here is what to do when you are experiencing minor chest pain.
Sit up straight
When you are experiencing chest pain, one of the first things you should do is sit up straight. This will help reduce the pressure on your chest and make breathing easier. It is also a good idea to loosen any tight clothing, like a belt or collar, to reduce constriction on your chest. If you are lying down, sit up slowly and avoid sudden movements.
Practice deep breathing
Sometimes, chest pain can be caused by stress, anxiety, or overexertion. Taking a few minutes to lie down, take deep breaths, and calm your mind, you may find that the chest pain subsides on its own. Deep breathing helps regulate your breathing and decrease stress, which can commonly cause chest pain. To do this, sit or lie comfortably and place your hands on your stomach. Breathe deeply through your nose, allowing your stomach to rise as you inhale. Hold your breath for a few seconds and then exhale slowly through your mouth, allowing your stomach to fall as you exhale. Repeat this exercise for a few minutes until you feel more relaxed.
If you have been diagnosed with angina, a type of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart, your doctor may have prescribed nitroglycerin. This medication comes in the form of a tablet or spray and works by relaxing the blood vessels in your body, allowing more blood to flow to your heart.
Nitroglycerin is a medication that helps relax and widen the blood vessels in your body, improving blood flow to your heart and relieving chest pain. Nitroglycerin is typically taken by placing a tablet under your tongue and allowing it to dissolve. If you experience chest pain not relieved by nitroglycerin or your symptoms worsen, seek medical attention immediately.
Apply heat or ice
Depending on the cause, heat or ice can effectively reduce chest pain. If your chest pain is caused by muscle tension or a strained muscle, applying heat to the affected area can help to relax the muscles and reduce pain. Use a heating pad or warm compress, and apply it to the area for 15-20 minutes. If your chest pain is caused by inflammation or swelling, applying ice can help to reduce the inflammation and numb the area. Wrap a cold or ice pack in a towel and apply it to the area for 10-15 minutes.
Try Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
Over-the-counter pain relievers can help to ease chest pain caused by inflammation or injury. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or aspirin, can help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Acetaminophen can also be effective in reducing pain and fever. Follow the recommended dosage on the label, and do not exceed the maximum dosage without consulting your doctor.
Call TLC Medical Group Inc to book your appointment for chest pain treatment.