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SUNBURY – When you are having pains in your chest, how do you know when to seek medical attention? Dr. Petra Lynch is a Geisinger Interventional Cardiologist and a member of Evangelical Community Hospital’s cardiac care team. She first explained the symptoms, which includes chest pains, a burning sensation, shortness of breath and discomfort.
Dr. Lynch said, “Do you get these symptoms when you exert yourself and do they go away when you rest. Do you have leg cramping when you walk for a long period of time and do they go away when you stop walking. Do you get short of breath? Does it feel like you are having a hard time breathing and does it feel better when you sit down and rest?”
Dr. Lynch said if you are experiencing symptoms when you are not exerting yourself, you need to go to a hospital immediately. Also, if you have symptoms and you have risk factors, you need to see a physician. She listed some risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history of heart disease, inactivity and obesity.
Dr. Lynch also stressed that being treated early is key. She said, “I get a lot of patients who think they don’t want to bother their physicians because they have their chest pain under control. Chest pain is something you can control very easily because every time you rest, your chest pain should go away, or your symptoms go away. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to seek help from a physician.”