What are the symptoms and what actions must be taken ?


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It is important to identify chest pain, or angina pectoris, because it can signal a myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack.


  • oppression in the chest or upper abdomen, which may spread to the neck, arms, shoulders or jaw
  • the pain may occur only during physical exercise or emotional moments, and disappear after several minutes of rest. This is referred to as stable angina.
  • if the pain appears at rest or if it persists after 15 minutes of rest, it is unstable angina, with a risk of a heart attack

Sometimes there are no symptoms, especially if you have diabetes 


What actions must be taken?

  • In the case of stable angina, you should quickly contact your general practitioner or primary care physician.
  • In the case of unstable angina or a suspected heart attack, you should immediately dial the emergency number (144 in Switzerland) to be taken immediately by ambulance to the hospital. 

Last update : 09/09/2016