When to Visit the ER for Chest Pain

Chest pain is any pain—dull, sharp, burning, aching or crushing—experienced from the neck to the abdomen. Chest pain may indicate a serious problem, such as a heart attack or blood clot. Chest pain may also indicate a problem with your lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs or digestive system. Some of these conditions are life threatening, and others are not. The only way to know is to seek medical attention.

In short, if you are experiencing chest pain, you should not panic, but you should call 911 or visit the nearest ER. 

If You Have These Symptoms, You May Require Emergency Care

If chest pain is accompanied by any of the following, visit the ER: 

  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Excessive sweating or ashen color
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath—especially after a long period of inactivity
  • Pain spreading to the jaw, left arm or back
  • Sudden feeling of pressure, squeezing, tightness or crushing under the breastbone
  • Very rapid heartbeat and/or breathing
  • Very low blood pressure or very low heart rate
  • Confusion/disorientation 

HealthONE has 12 full-service emergency departments in the Denver metro area, so you’re certain to find an ER that is close to home and able to help you with your chest pain. Our hospitals strive to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality emergency medical care.

ERs in Metro Denver


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Emergency Room Care / Denver ERs

The Medical Center of Aurora
Saddle Rock ER 
Centennial Medical Plaza
North Suburban Medical Center
North Suburban Northeast ER
North Suburban Northwest ER
Presbyterian / St. Luke's Medical Center
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL
Rose Medical Center
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Southwest ER