All You Need To Know About The Health Condition Called Chest Pain

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Chest pain is among the most typical reasons that makes people go to the hospital ward. Chest pain can vary depending on the individual. It can also vary in quality, intensity, duration and location.


Sometimes it could feel like an excruciating, stabbing pain and it can be a sign of a severe heart related condition.


What causes chest pain?


If you are experiencing chest pain, the first thought that comes to your mind is that you are having a heart attack. Although chest pain is a common sign of a heart attack, it may be also caused by many other less severe problems.


It is said that at about 13% of all emergency room (ER) visits for chest leads to a diagnosis of a severe heart related condition, stated according to the National Center for Health Studies (NCHS).


Heart related causes of chest pain


Heart related causes of chest pain includes the following:


● Heart attack- this is an obstruction of the flow of blood to the heart.


● Angina- this is chest pain caused by blockages in the blood vessels leading to your heart.


● Pericarditis- this is an inflammation of the sac around the heart.


● Myocarditis- this is an inflammation of the heart muscle.


● Cardiomyopathy- this is a disease of the heart muscle.


● Aortic dissection- this is a rare condition which involves a tear of the aorta, the large vessel that comes off of the heart.


Gastrointestinal causes of chest pain


The gastrointestinal causes of chest pain include the following:


● Acid reflux or heartburn


● Swallowing problems that are related to disorders of the esophagus


● Gallstones


● Inflammation of the gallbladder or pancreas


Lung related causes of chest pain


Lung related causes of chest pain include the following; pneumonia, viral bronchitis, pneumothorax, a blood clot, or pulmonary embolus, bronchospasm.


Bronchospasms typically happens in individuals who have asthma and related disorders like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


Muscle or bone related causes of chest pain


The causes of chest pain related to the muscles or bones includes the following:


● Bruised or broken ribs


● Sore muscles from exertion or chronic pain syndromes


● Compression fractures causing pressure on a nerve


Other causes


Shingles can also cause chest pain. You can experience pain around your back or chest before the shingles rash becomes clear. Having panic attacks can also cause chest pain.

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