If your chest hurts how can you tell if its a heart attack?

Cannot be sure. Great question but no conclusive answer. An acute unknown chest pain lasting more than 5 minutes needs emergency medical help. If it is a heart attack it can be treated if you are seen right away. More the delay more damage to the heart.
Heart attacks. The only way to know for sure is to have this evaluated asap by a physician, EKG and labs.

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How can I tell if my chest pain is from a heart attack?

Testing. Ekg troponin, echo cath some times the history and one's diaphoresis, cold clammy appearance and the severe crushing sternal pain are obvious but without testing it can be impossible to prove.
Variable. You can't be sure. If you are someone who is unhealthy, overweight and smokes. You have a good chance. In general the pain comes on exertion and goes away after rest. It can radiate in any direction in upper part of the body. It can associated with profuse sweating due to sympathetic hyperactivity. If you are healthy and have no family history you don't have to worry about all aches and pains.

Can you please tell me what exactly is chest pain a symptom of besides heart attack?

Many. The chest as heart, lungs, ribs, nodes, skin, spine, esophagus and a variety of diseases can be encountered that cause discomfort. Pneumothorax gerd-esophagitis malignancies pneumonia herpes-shingles.

I had chest pain that stopped after a few minutes and I was able to go on with what I was doing when my chest hurt. Any possibility of heart attack?

It is highly. Unlikely for a 16 year old woman to have coronary artery disease or heart attack. Usually sharp chest pains at your age are from the muscles and bones of the chest and have nothing to do with your organs. Real heart pain is dull and pressure like a tooth ache. If you are active and otherwise healthy you have nothing to worry about with regard to your heart. (other than teenage boys!)

How do I tell the difference between chest pain from a hernia and pain from a heart attack?

You don't go toER. Any sudden chest pain due to unknown cause must go to nearest er to make sure it is not an heart attach, save the life, there is no home remedy kit to rule out.
Difficult sometimes. I presume hiatal hernia. The symptoms can be very similar that is why we have testing. Discuss with your doctor. Keep, track of time, place, severity, stimulating events for your discomfort. Usually a heart attack will really get your attention.
Difficult. Since it is difficult to tell, I always recommend checking the heart out first, since the consequences if missing cardiac disease can be fatal. Also, hiatal hernias that mimic cardiac disease are large. If this turns out to be the case, seek a consultation with a general or thoracic surgeon experienced with laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair.

How can I tell reflux pain from a heart attack pain. Little chest pain for a month. NOTE: I do eat & lay down & I have anxiety but no attack lately.

Heart unlikely. Please see your health care provider to assess but the history goes against it being a heart issue.
Reflux esophagitis v. heart attack pain may be similar in character. However, due to your young age, cardiac disease is less likely but still possible. Please ask your doctor to obtain an EKG and evaluate you for cardiac risk factors, ie, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, tobacco use, family hsitory.

C-reactive protein is 20.1. Dr said it's bad for my heart and puts me at risk for heart attack. If I had bad chest pain 20 years ago should I tell dr?

See details. An episode of chest pain at age 20 which occurred 20 years ago means nothing. A cardiac CRP of that level does impart some risk but is only one of several factors. Lipids, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and family history are much more important. Get an opinion with a cardiologist to put all if this in perspective.

I have a dull pain upper left chest. Hurts when inhaling and when I press the area. No heart attack "signs", should I be worried?

Not much. We called this a "reproducible" pain, because you can feel it when you press your rib cage. Most likely not your heart and instead, the muscles or cartilages of the chest. However, I would still suggest a more comprehensive history via a personal or virtual visit to the doctor. I hope this helps, KC. Feel better!