Chest pain causes and treatment
Chest pain can come on suddenly, but it’s important not to ignore it. It’s important to understand the cause of the chest pain.
Different changes in your body can set off chest pain:
- muscles: pain may be felt when you move, cough or put pressure on muscles of ribs
- stomach or windpipe: eating or drinking may be creating stomach acid which causes pain
- heart: angina occurs when not enough oxygen gets to your heart.
- lungs: chest pain can be connected lung inflammation including to influenza or pneumonia. So don’t ignore chest pain when you cough.
- stress: anxiety, a panic attack or depression can trigger pain
Signs you need to see a doctor about chest pain
Given there are many different causes of a chest pain, there are also many different treatments. Naturally, you’ll need to see a doctor to diagnose the problem.
So, pay attention to these chest pain symptoms:
- pain or pressure felt in the chest during physical exertion or stressful moments
- accompanied by a feeling of nausea and perspiration
- you might notice your breathing quicken
- feeling short of breath
- a fever
When to get emergency care for chest pain (and how to spot a heart attack)
Are you experiencing
- a lot of chest pain
- a tight feeling in your chest, neck, back or arms
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw
- feeling nauseous
- lightheadedness or extreme fatigue
Prepare to call 111 as you might be having a heart attack.
Minutes matter, so:
- Stop and rest immediately
- Tell someone you need help
- Take your heart medication if you have it
- Call an ambulance if no improvement after 10 minutes
- If instructed, chew some aspirin if you have some to hand
- Contact us to get urgent care for the chest pain
Complementary onsite services
At our Botany Road premises, we offer a number of onsite services including a Pharmacy and Radiology to ensure your visit to the Centre is as stress free as possible.
Health care professionals providing advance care plans
Frequently asked questions
To join our clinic, you first need to fill out the patient enrolment forms to register with the PHO that we belong to. This is a Ministry of Health requirement. You will need to provide proof of identity and eligibility which may include the following forms of identification:
- NZ Passport or NZ birth certificate
- International passport with resident visa OR work visa of minimum 24-month duration
On the enrolment form you need to indicate which of our doctors (currently taking new patients) that you would like to be registered with.
Yes. As part of completing your enrollment, we request that you have a new patient screening appointment with one of our Nursing or Medical Centre Assistant team members.
This new patient appointment enables our team to work with you to better understand your current health and wellbeing.
Following the new patient appointment as above, you can book your first consultation with your nominated doctor.
The length of your first appointment with your new doctor will be as follows:
* Note: if you have a chronic condition, please make a booking for 30 minutes.
Payment is required at the time of consultation
You will get full access to the patient portal “My Indici” once you have completed your screening appointment.
Payment is required at time of consultation. Please note that unpaid accounts will incur an additional $10 monthly administration cost.
There may be additional costs for treatments/tests/materials
We recommend that you book your future appointments via your patient portal My Indici.
If you need an urgent appointment, then please phone the clinic. We have doctors available to discuss your urgent health needs on the day.
All consultations are by appointment only.
14-17 years $14
18+ years $16
Urgent prescription $27.50
We are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm.
For health services after hours visit East Care Accident & Medical, 260 Botany Road, Golflands, Auckland 2013. Their phone is 09 277 1516.
These are consultation prices only.
Under 14 Years - Free 14 - 17 years - $14 18 years & over - $16
Note charge is the same for in person or by phone or video as you are still receiving the same high quality health provider assessment, diagnosis and planning.