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Definition of Chest Pain
Discomfort that arises from the upper portion of the body. Chest pain can have various causes, many of which are not cardiovascular. Discomfort originating from the HEART is characteristically oppressive in nature, though often not the crushing pressure that is the common perception. As many as 25 percent of people do not experience appreciable pain with HEART ATTACK.
Gastrointestinal pain often sends people to the emergency room worried about heart attack, yet nearly a third of people who are having heart attacks delay seeking medical care because they do not believe the symptoms they are experiencing, especially chest pain, are severe enough to be heart attack. Chest pain is unreliable as an indicator of the nature or severity of a health situation.