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Chest Pain

If you are undergoing any sort of pain in chest area from the starting of the shoulders to the bottom of your ribs. Then you might be having chest pain which needed severe medical attention because it is the early sign of heart attack. If the pain is severe, or persisting should be clearly discussed with the doctor because it might be due to any underlying disease condition. The pain can be sharp, achy, squeezing, which appears to be tight, crushing sensation in the chest area.


Common Causes Of Chest Pain

Chest pain is the early sign of heart attack or indicates any heart disease. Some of the causes of chest pain are given below:


Chest pain associated with heart problems are:

These are the underlying complications which might  be associated with chest pain:

Myocardial Infarction

Coronary Artery Disease


Mitral Valve Prolapse


Coronary Artery Dissection


Chest pain associated with lung problems

The lung disease which might be associated with chest pain:

Pneumonia or lung abscess


Pulmonary embolism


Pulmonary Pneumothorax



Chest pain associated with Gastric problems

Esophageal contraction disorder

Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Esophageal hypersensitivity

Peptic ulcers

Esophageal perforation or rupture

Hiatal hernia


Other causes of chest pain are

Muscle strain

Rib problems



The accompanying is gastrointestinal causes of chest pain:

acid reflux, or indigestion

gulping issues identified with disarranged of the throat


aggravation of the gallbladder or pancreas


What are the symptoms of chest pain?

The symptoms of chest pain differ from individual to individual depending upon the cause of the chest pain. Symptoms help your doctor to analyze the disease state. Following are the symptoms of chest pain.


Symptoms due to Heart problems

Chest Tightness or pressure near chest area chest pressure or tightness

Muscle fatigue


SOB (shortness of breath)

Back pain, jaw pain or arm pain

Pain while performing exercise


Other Common Symptoms

Difficulty while swallowing

Pain after eating anything

Sour or acidic taste in mouth




Runny nose

Increased pain when deep breath or a cough

Panic or anxiety

Back pain which might radiate towards the front of your chest


Diagnosis Of Chest Pain


Diagnosis of chest pain can be done by performing particular tests:

Blood test is done to check enzyme level

Chest X-ray is done to examine the heart, lung, and blood vessels

An Electrocardiogram is done to examine heart’s electrical activity

Angiogram to know any blockages in the arteries

MRI scanning is done to know any damage to the heart or aorta


Treatment For Chest Pain

Chest pain can be treated with medications or by performing surgery or by noninvasive procedures depending on the cause and severity of the condition.


Treating Chest pain which is associated with heart problems:

It can be treated by use of nitroglycerin, blood thinners, or clog busting medications cardiac catheterization.

Repair of arteries through surgery by bypass grafting or bypass surgery


Treating Chest pain which might be due to other causes:

lung re-inflation is done for collapsed lung which is performed by inserting the chest tube

Use of antacids for acid reflux and heartburn

Use of anti-anxiety medications for panic attacks