Treating Chest Pain

Causes Of Chest Pain

  • When you have chest pain, your first thought might be that you are experiencing a heart attack.
  • While chest pain is a probable sign of a heart problem, several other, less severe disorders can also cause chest pain.
  • Only about 13% of all emergency visits for chest pain lead to a diagnosis of a severe heart-related problem.

Causes of Chest Pain: Heart-Related

While chest pain is a probable sign of a heart problem, several other, less severe disorders can also cause chest pain.

While chest pain is a probable sign of a heart problem, several other, less severe disorders can also cause chest pain.

  • Heart attack.
  • Aortic separation—an unusual disorder involving a split of the heart’s main artery.
  • Cardiomyopathy—heart muscle disease.
  • Myocarditis—swelling of the heart muscle.
  • Pericarditis—swelling of the sac surrounding the heart.
  • Angina—chest pain due to obstructions in the blood vessels surrounding your heart.

Causes of Chest Pain: Gastrointestinal

  • Acid re-flux (also known as heartburn).
  • Problems with swallowing connected to disorders of the esophagus.
  • Gallstones or swelling of the pancreas or gallbladder.

Causes of Chest Pain Lung-Related

  • Pneumothorax – a leak of air from your lung into your chest.
  • Viral bronchitis.
  • Pneumonia

Causes of Chest Pain:  Muscle or Bone

  • Injured or broken ribs.
  • Aching muscles from physical exertion or chronic pain.
  • Compression fracture, placing direct force on a nerve.

Further Causes of Chest Pain

  • Shingles—an infection the affects the nerves and skin as caused by the chicken pox virus.
  • Panic attack – an unexpected episode of extreme fear when there is no real risk or cause.

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