Chest pain: Don’t Underestimate It

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel

Chest pain is should not be ignored under any circumstances. People used to think that heart disease causes chest pain; however, chest pain may also infer many other serious and even life-threatening health conditions. Problems with your lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs, nerves, etc can possibly lead to chest pain. This article will provide you more detailed information about your chest pain so that you can promptly have suitable diagnosis and treatment.

About your chest pain

Chest pain may be located at any parts from your neck to your upper abdomen, depending on the causes of the pain. The severity of the chest pain is various. You may feel sharp, dull, burning, aching or stabbing. Additionally, you may also feel a tight, squeezing, or crushing sensation.

It is advisable to visit your doctor if you have any unexplained chest pain, particularly if it is a sudden pain that doesn’t go away with the medical intervention or lifestyle changes.

In case your chest pain comes along with any of these symptoms, call emergency right away.

  • Suddenfeeling of pressure, squeezing, tightness, or crushing in the part under your breastbone
  • The jaw, left arm, or back isaffected by the chest pain.
  • There are sudden sharp chest painscoming along with shortness of breath, especially after remaining inactive for a long time.
  • Nausea, dizziness, quick heart rate or quick breathing, confusion, ashen color, or excessive sweating
  • Very severe hypotension or very low heart rate.

The causes of your chest pain

Heart problems

These heart-related problems are among the most common causes that lead to chest pain. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) can cause angina. This chest pain, which happens when your heart is not provided with enough blood, may spread to your arm, shoulder, jaw, or back. People with CAD are at a high risk of having heart attack at some point in their later life. Additionally, myocardial infarction (heart attack) also causes chest pain. The chest pain caused by heart attack is similar to angina but it is more severe when the crushing pain usually presents in the center or left side of the chest and is not relieved by rest. Many other heart diseases whose symptom is chest pain include myocarditis. pericarditis. hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, mitral valve prolapse, and coronary artery dissection.

Lung problems

There are various types of chest pain that caused by lung problems. People with pleuritis or pleurisy, the inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest will suffer a sharp pain breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Another lung problem is pneumonia or lung abscess. These lung infections can give you different type of chest pain like deep pain or cause you pleuritis. Other lung problems resulting in chest pain include pulmonary embolism, pneumothorax, pulmonary hypertension, and asthma.

Bone, Muscle, or Nerve Problems

Pain in the muscles or bones of the chest is caused by excessive or intensive activities or exercises. Fall or accident that injured the chest area can also make this part painful. Costochondritis, rib problems, muscle strain, and shingles are some problems leading to chest pain.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Gastroesophageal reflux disease may cause a sensation of burning in the chest or throat, which is known as heartburn. Other gastrointestinal problems that make their victim suffer from chest pain are esophageal contraction disorders, esophageal hypersensitivity, esophageal rupture or perforation. peptic ulcers, hiatal hernia, and gallbladder problems.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: May 29, 2017 | Last Modified: December 4, 2019

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