What to Do if Your Heart Hurts? 5 Ways to Help Quickly

What to Do if Your Heart Hurts? 5 Ways to Help Quickly

Serious heart disorders do not develop instantly. At first, they make themselves felt with minor pain, a slight burning sensation in the chest, a sensation of pressure that quickly passes… 

Until the first real attack, you may feel unwell for several days or even weeks. 

Here list of symptoms in case of which you need to call an ambulance.

When to call an ambulance immediately?

Here are the main signs that you need emergency medical care:

  • You experience severe, almost unbearable pain that does not calm for 5–10 minutes or more.
  • Chest pain accompanied by shortness of breath, difficulty breathing.
  • Pain radiates to the left shoulder and arm.
  • Pain accompanied by cold sweat, dizziness, severe weakness.
  • You are almost certain that this is a heart attack. You are very scared.

The symptoms listed above may indicate serious impairment. For example, the development of heart attack, inflammatory heart diseases (myocarditis and pericarditis), diseases of the aorta supplying the heart with blood, or pulmonary embolism.  

Each of these conditions is deadly, so you can not experiment with home remedies. 

Ambulance only...

How to understand that heart pain is not dangerous?

At 80–90% of cases we only think that the heart hurts. In fact, the ailment has other, albeit unpleasant, but much less dangerous reasons:

  • gastroenterological problems;
  • disturbances in the work of the lungs;
  • intercostal neuralgia;
  • thoracic osteochondrosis;
  • various musculoskeletal disorders;
  • neurosis and other disorders of the central nervous system.

It is this relatively safe option that can be assumed for three reasons:

1. The pain is like a flash, instant

If the heart is affected, the pain will be long (at least several minutes), inexorable and equally intense. But discomfort by type «Oh, my heart throbbed!», which quickly fades away, most likely, a symptom of physical injury, overstrain or neuralgia.

2. You feel better when you move

True heart pain is aggravated even by minimal physical exertion.

3. It hurts to breathe

With heart pain, shortness of breath and a feeling of lack of air may occur. But if instead there is a cough, soreness when inhaling, then we are most likely talking about problems with the respiratory system (pleurisy, pneumonia, asthma…)

Only a qualified doctor can find out exactly what is the cause of the discomfort behind the sternum.

Therefore, be sure to consult a therapist or a cardiologist directly if «heart attacks» without the deadly symptoms described above, they bother you regularly or are accompanied by vomiting, coughing, fever. The doctor will examine you, evaluate the history, conduct additional studies, including an ECG and possibly an ultrasound of the heart, and prescribe treatment or send it to other specialized specialists: a gastroenterologist, pulmonologist, orthopedist, neurologist.

How to relieve pain in the heart

We emphasize once again: real heart problems should be treated only with medications prescribed by your doctor. Independence here is unacceptable! But it is quite possible to alleviate pseudo heart pain with home methods. Here are ways to help you quickly remove the discomfort behind your sternum...

1. Take nitroglycerin

This tip — in case you are worried that the pain may be associated with a heart attack and your doctor has previously prescribed this drug for you. Nitroglycerin will help with angina pectoris. But if the pain is associated with other non-cardiac causes, such as osteochondrosis or gastrointestinal disorders, the medicine will not work. On the one hand, this is bad, because relief will not come. And on the other — good: this is a sign that the cause of the discomfort is not related to the cardiovascular system. You can go to the following items.

2. Take aspirin

Firstly, he anesthetizes. Secondly, the drug dilutes the blood (reduces its coagulation). This improves blood flow and can alleviate the condition in cases when chest pain is still associated with problems in the cardiovascular system... Attention! Do not take aspirin if you are allergic to it or you suffer from diseases associated with low blood coagulation!

3. Make a cold compress

Or attach a bag of ice (frozen vegetables) wrapped in a thin towel to your chest. Often the cause of chest pain is overstrained or muscle strain. For example, due to the fact that you lifted something heavy, turned unsuccessfully or worked out too actively in the gym. Apply a cold compress for 10–20 minutes several times a day. This will help reduce discomfort...

4. Drink warm tea

Or another warm drink. This recommendation may work if chest pain occurs soon after eating... The fact is that the esophagus and heart are located nearby and are connected by common nerve endings, because of which gastrointestinal problems can be confused with manifestations of coronary heart disease. If you do not observe the dangerous symptoms listed at the beginning of the article, then, in addition to discomfort in the sternum, there is belching, heartburn, bloating, most likely this is your option. You can try hibiscus tea. Hibiscus not only improves well-being with certain digestive disorders but also normalizes arterial pressure and cholesterol, which is good for the state of the cardiovascular system as a whole.

5. Take a warm soda solution

Breed ½ teaspoon of soda in a glass of warm water. Such a drink will improve the condition if the pain in the chest is caused by heartburn and increased the acidity of the stomach. Please note: this method can be used only if you feel discomfort after eating and do not suffer from diagnosed heart disorders. The fact is that baking soda, which does an excellent job with acid, can harm the heart... It is important not to ignore these symptoms. If chest discomfort appears regularly, consult a doctor as soon as possible.