Unusual heart attack symptom as NHS warn ‘call 999 immediately’

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The NHS recommends that individuals who experience unusual symptoms while lying down should call 999 immediately.

Costochondritis, as described on their website, is a condition where the ribs meet the breastbone, causing sharp chest pain. While it may resolve on its own, it is important to monitor the condition since symptoms can intensify with movement or breathing.

Costochondritis can cause sharp pain in the front or side of your chest. It however may become even worse when you:

  • move your upper body
  • lie down
  • breathe deeply
  • press the middle of your chest

The health service states it can get better on its own, however if you experience sudden chest pain that persists for more than 15 minutes, you should call 999. It is also crucial to contact emergency services if the pain:

  • spreads to your arms, back, neck, or jaw
  • makes your chest feel tight or heavy
  • started with a shortness of breath, sweating, feeling sick or being sick

The NHS state that the reason or calling them is because you could actually be having a heart attack. They warn: “Call 999 immediately as you need immediate treatment in hospital.”

Whilst it’s not always a heart attack, being cautionary is key – especially when it comes to your health. Don’t hesitate to seek help, as it could be life-thretaning.

In cases of Costochondritis, the discomfort can be significant, but there are treatments available. The NHS acknowledges that the exact causes are often unknown, but potential causes might include:

  • an injury to your chest
  • repetitive upper body movements, like lifting
  • coughing a lot
  • infection

It can also sometimes it may be caused by a problem with the joints in the back, or another underlying condition like fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis.

To find out more information, visit Costochondritis – NHS (www.nhs.uk).

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