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Chest Pain

Chest pain can occur as a result of many problems, but those associated with the heart and lungs are the most severe and can be life threatening. New or unexplained chest pain lasting for more than a few minutes demands immediate medical help, as it could be the sign of something serious. In addition, chest pain associated with other symptoms such as sweating, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, dizziness, light-headedness, irregular pulse or pain that spreads from the chest to shoulder, arms, neck, or jaw is an emergency situation.

If the chest pain is particularly severe, especially if it is radiating to your arms or jaw, you feel sick, feel sweaty or become breathless, you should dial 000 for an emergency ambulance. These can be symptoms of a heart attack.
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