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When to Call A Doctor

You should call your doctor for an urgent evaluation if you:

  • Experience any new chest pain, especially if it lasts for longer than five or 10 minutes

  • Cannot swallow liquids

Make an appointment to see your doctor for an evaluation if you experience:

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Nighttime cough or pain

  • Difficulty swallowing solid food

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