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My mom has had intense chest pain above her heart for the past two days, but today it's keeping her in bed and she can't move. should i call 911 or a doctor? she is 46, single mother of 5, bartender. every movement is labored and i'm really worried. she a

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
There : There are not many symptoms listed here. If she already has a cardiac history with severe chest pain and inability to move; i would recommend (based on limited facts) calling 911. Symptoms of a heart attack can include: chest pain; chest tightness or squeezing; shortness of breath, increased sweating pain or numbness radiating down the arm (more often left than right) and nausea. Some people dismiss the pain thinking it is indigestion. There can be pain in the top midline of the abdomen, as well as vomiting. Pain may not present in the chest but instead can be felt in the upper back, head, jaw or in the teeth. There may be a generalized feeling of unwellness and fatigue. One fourth of people have heart attacks without chest pain.
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