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Posted on Wed, 9 Aug 2017 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: i had a slight pain in upper right side of chest and got all clammy and sweaty. got anxious and scared. lasted about five or ten minutes then subsided
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis 20 minutes later
Brief Answer:
cardiological assessment is required

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

right sided pain is not common for heart-related pain but any chest pain that lasts for at least 5 minutes and causes symptoms like sweating, nausea, etc have to be evaluated as a suspicious heart attack. An ECG and heart enzymes (troponin) have to be ordered to exclude this diagnosis. Negative troponin 6 hours after the event will exclude infarction.

Other potential causes may include musculoskeletal disorders, gastrointestinal disorders (like gastro-esophageal reflux disease), anxiety, etc. Sometimes no cause can be identified. Clinical assessment and lab tests will help to exclude the serious causes.

I hope you find my comments helpful!
Kind regards!
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