Chest pain can be any sharp, dull, crushing, burning or aching pain felt from the neck to the abdomen. It may indicate anything from anxiety to a more serious problem, such as a heart attack or blood clot. Chest pain could also be caused by a problem in your lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs or digestive system. Some of these conditions are life threatening, and others are not; if you are experiencing abnormal chest pain, remain calm and call 911 or visit a nearby Denver ER. 

Chest pain can be serious; listen to your body

You know you body better than anyone. If you sense something is seriously wrong, visit an ER immediately. You should also visit the ER if your chest pain is prolonged, severe or accompanied by any of the following symptoms: 

  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Excessive sweating or ashen color
  • Pain spreading to the jaw, left arm or back (signs of heart attack)
  • Pain that radiates to your back
  • Sudden feeling of pressure, squeezing, tightness or crushing under the breastbone
  • Very rapid heartbeat and/or breathing
  • Very low blood pressure or very low heart rate
  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath—especially after a long period of inactivity
  • Very rapid heartbeat and/or breathing 

Close to home: Denver ER care in your backyard

Rose Medical Center holds special accreditation for the treatment of chest pain and is one of the top Denver ERs for treatment of suspected stroke, abdominal pain and orthopedic injuries. Our ER is also designated as a Level IV trauma center, and dedicated OB hospitalists work on a variety of pregnancy-related issues. Whether you are seeking chest pain treatment or care for another concern, Rose Medical Center is dedicated to providing quick access to the best Denver ER care.