Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're experiencing chest pain that lasts more than a few minutes, get emergency care. When you see the admitting nurse and the doctor in the emergency room, you'll be asked a number of questions, which may include the following:

  • When did the symptoms begin?
  • Can you rate the severity of chest pain, such as on a scale of 1 to 10?
  • Does anything worsen symptoms? For example, does it hurt more when you inhale deeply?
  • Where is the pain located? Does it extend anywhere beyond your chest?
  • Have you experienced a recent event that could cause tissue damage to the heart, such as a heart attack, heart surgery or blunt trauma to your chest?
  • Do you have a history of heart disease?
  • What prescription or over-the-counter medications are you taking?
  • Who is your primary care doctor, heart specialist (cardiologist) or surgeon?
Aug. 03, 2012