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Chest pain is discomfort or pain originating in the thorax, the part of the trunk between the neck and the diaphragm. It is a common reason for visiting emergencies services and does not generally tend to be very serious. However, in some cases it can be the main symptom of heart disease. Call emergency services immediately in the case of relatively intense, oppressive chest pain accompanied by sweating or dizziness.
Chest pain explained in first person
Professionals and patients explain how you live with the disease
Most people who come to see us due to chest pain - which is a common reason to come in - don’t have anything serious wrong with them, but chest pain can be a sign of serious cardiovascular illness.