Urgent & Emergency Care for Chest & Abdominal Pain

When to See Us for Chest Pains

Chest pain is any form of physical discomfort originating in the upper part of the main body or trunk, above the abdomen and below the neck. The organs of the chest include the heart, the lungs, the esophagus, and the thymus gland. Chest pain can vary in location, direction, and severity, and have a number of causes, from relatively minor to medically very serious.

One of the more serious causes is heart disease, including heart attacks. In fact, about one in eight persons admitted to an emergency room is experiencing a cardiac condition of some kind. If you have risk factors for heart disease, including smoking, diabetes, hypertension, or obesity, this is important to keep in mind.

What Causes Chest Pain?

Chest pain can result from several different medical conditions, including:

  • Acid reflux (heartburn)
  • Angina
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Aortic tears
  • Bruises or fractures
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Gallstones
  • Heart attack
  • Myocarditis
  • Pericarditis
  • Pneumonia.

Medical science has developed a variety of means for diagnosing and treating the drivers of chest pain. Diagnostic methods include blood tests, electrocardiograms (EKGs), and imaging technologies, such as X-rays, CT scans, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs). Treatments include non-invasive medications and invasive, surgical procedures, such as cardiac catheterization and heart-valve replacements. Baptist Health ER & Urgent Care is a fully staffed and equipped to provide all these services and more.

When to See Us for Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is any form of physical discomfort originating in the center of the body, below the chest and above the pelvis. The organs of the abdominal region include the stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and small and large intestines. Abdominal pain can vary in intensity, and have a wide range of causes, from relatively minor to medically very serious.

Persistent pain of any kind signals the need for medical attention. Emergency care may be required if your abdominal pain is accompanied one or more of the following:

  • Bloating
  • Chest pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness or disorientation
  • Labored breathing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain during movement or in other parts of the body
  • Pregnancy
  • Severe constipation or intestinal blockage.

You should also seek care if you’re feeling unwell after undergoing abdominal surgery.

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