Practice stress management techniques, such as yoga, deep breathing, and progressive relaxation. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, smoking, and recreational drugs may also help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in chest or arms that may spread to neck, jaw, or back
  • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or belly pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Affecting health, job, or relationships
  • Recurrent