If having chest pain the first thing you may think of is heart attack. Chest pain may also be caused by other problems like in your heart, lungs, esophagus, gas, muscles, ribs, or nerves.
You may feel chest pain anywhere from your neck to your upper abdomen. Depending on its cause, chest pain may be:
-A tight, squeezing, or crushing sensation
Chest Pain Causes-Heart Problems:
Myocardial infarction (heart attack): It’s reduction in blood flow through heart blood vessels causes reduced oxygen level in muscle cell & causes death of heart muscle cells. Heart attack is usually a more severe, crushing pain usually in the left or middle side of the chest and is not relieved by rest. Sweating, nausea, shortness of breath, or severe weakness may accompany the pain. A heart attack is a serious medical emergency need immediate medical attention.
Coronary Artery Disease: A blockage in the heart blood vessels that reduces blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscle itself. This can cause pain known as angina. For this the chest pain may spread to your arm, shoulder, jaw, or back. It may feel like a pressure or squeezing sensation. shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, profuse sweating, dizziness. Angina can be triggered by exercise, excitement, or emotional distress and is relieved by rest.
Myocarditis & Pericarditis: Myocarditis is the heart muscle inflammation may cause fever, fatigue, fast heartbeat, and trouble breathing. his condition, an inflammation of the sac surrounding your heart, usually causes sharp pain that gets worse when you breathe in or when you lay down.
Chest Pain Causes- Digestive problem:
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease(GORD), Heartburn: GORD is a common condition where acid from the stomach comes up into the oesophagus (gullet), causing heartburn and an unpleasant taste. Heartburn typically occurs when contents from the stomach back up into the esophagus. It is burning sensation in your chest that often occurs with a bitter taste in your throat or mouth. The symptoms of heartburn may get worse after you eat a large meal or when you’re lying down.
Swallowing disorders, Gallbladder or Pancreas problems: This all problem can radiate to chest pain.
Chest Pain Causes- Lung-related causes:
Pneumonia or lung abscess: Pneumonia causes inflammation in the air sacs called alveoli in your lungs, The alveoli fill with fluid or pus, making it difficult to breathe. Pneumonia symptoms can be mild to moderate life-threatening. The most common symptoms of pneumonia can include coughing that may produce mucus, shortness of breath, fever, sweating, chills and deep chest pain.
Pleuritis: This condition is an inflammation or irritation of the lining of the lungs. You likely feel a sharp pain when you breathe, shortness of breath, cough, fever.
Pulmonary embolism: When a blood clot travels through the bloodstream and lodges in the lungs it’s says Pulmonary embolism, this can cause acute pleuritis, sharp, stabbing chest pain, trouble breathing, and a rapid heartbeat. It may also cause fever and shock.
Bronchitis, Asthma, Pulmonary hypertension & Collapsed lung can also causes chest pain.
Chest Pain Causes- Bone, Muscle & Ribs: If you have pain, swelling and tenderness around your ribs, and the pain is made worse by lying down, breathing deeply, coughing or sneezing, you may have a condition called costochondritis. This is caused by inflammation in the joints between the cartilage that joins the ribs to the breastbone (sternum). Muscle strain also can causes Chest pain.
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