Symptoms And Diagnosis Of Chest Pain You Need To Know

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It is possible to have other symptoms that happen with chest pain. Knowing the symptoms you may be having can assist your doctor or medical consultant to carry out a diagnosis.

They include:

Heart related symptoms

Although pain is the most usual symptom of a heart condition, some individuals experience other symptoms with or without having chest pain. Females especially, have reported irregular symptoms that has been later identified as being the result of a heart problem. They include:

● Chest pressure or tightness

● Back, jaw, or arm pain

● Fatigue

● Lightheadedness

● Dizziness

● Shortness of breath

● Abdominal pain

● Nausea

● Pain during exertion

Other symptoms

Other symptoms that could show that your chest pain is not heart related include the following:

● A sour or acidic taste in your mouth

● Pain that only occurs after you swallow or eat

● Difficulty in swallowing

● Pain that is better or worse depending on your body position

● Pain that’s worse when you breathe deeply or cough

● Pain accompanied by a rash

● Fever

● Aches

● Chills

● Runny nose

● Cough

● Feelings of panic or anxiety

● Hyperventilating

● Back pain that radiates to the front of your chest


Request for emergency treatment urgently if you think you could be experiencing a heart attack and especially if your chest pain is relatively new, unexplained or when it is lasting for more than a few moments.

Your doctor or medical consultant will ask you certain questions and your replies to those questions can assist them in diagnosing the cause of your chest pain. Also, it is important to discuss any related symptoms and share information about any medications, treatments or other medical problems you may be experiencing.

Diagnostic tests

Your doctor or medical consultant may carry out tests to help diagnose or eradicate heart related conditions as a cause of your chest pain. These may include:

● An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)- this records your heart’s electrical activity

● Blood tests- this measures enzyme levels

● A chest X-ray- this is used to examine your heart, lungs and blood vessels

● An echocardiogram- this makes use of sound waves to record moving images of the heart

● An MRI- this is used to look for damage to the heart or aorta

● Stress tests- these are used to measure your heart function after exertion

● An angiogram- this is used to look for blockages in specific arteries

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