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Title: Chest Pain: Causes and Symptoms


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Chest Pain Causes and Symptoms
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Chest pain is never something that should be
ignored. Whilst, the pain may be due to something
completely benign, it could also be a sign of
something more sinister which does warrant
investigation and treatment. Unexplained chest
pain, particularly pain that is getting
progressively worse over time or that is
sustained, should not be disregarded. If you feel
any discomfort and you are concerned, it is worth
getting checked over by a cardiologist. Diagnosin
g the cause of chest pain yourself is tricky and
it is not uncommon for someone to think they are
merely suffering from a
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  • muscular pain or indigestion, when in reality is
    a heart related issue. Pain felt anywhere between
    your neck and abdomen, could originate from any
    number of places within the body your muscles,
    ribs, nerves, oesophagus, heart, or lungs.
    Depending on the cause of your pain, you may
    describe it as
  • Burning
  • Aching
  • Stabbing
  • Tight or crushing
  • Dull
  • Sharp
  • In this article, we explore a few common chest
    pain causes and when to go and see a doctor.
  • Heart problems that can cause chest pain include

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  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) A blockage of the
    hearts blood vessels leads to reduced blood flow
    to the heart, causing pain, widely known as
    angina. Whilst this symptom of heart disease
    doesnt damage the heart, it can increase the
    risk of a heart attack in the future. The chest
    pain can spread to the arms, shoulder, jaw, or
    back and feel tight or pressured. Angina is often
    triggered by stress or exercise.
  • Pericarditis This inflammation or infection of
    the sac around the heart causes similar pain to
    angina. However, the pain is often sharper and
    steadier along the upper neck and shoulders. It
    may get worse when you lay on your back, breathe,
    or swallow food.
  • Heart attack If the blood flow to the heart is
    significantly decreased, it can cause cells in
    the heart muscle to die. Heart attacks feel more
    severe than angina episodes. You might feel a
    crushing pain in the centre or left side of your
    chest that is not relieved by rest. Other
    symptoms include sweating, shortness of breath,
    nausea and weakness. 

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  • Myocarditis This heart muscle inflammation can
    cause fatigue, a fast heartbeat, fever, and
    difficulty breathing. There may not be an actual
    blockage, but the symptoms can resemble those of
    a heart attack.
  • Lung problems that may cause chest pain
  • Pneumonia A lung infection that can cause
    pleuritic chest pain or a deep chest ache. It can
    often come on suddenly and is accompanied by
    chills, cough, and fever.
  • Pleuritis/ Pleurisy An inflammation of the
    lungs and chest that causes sharp pain when
    breathing, sneezing, or coughing. The cause is
    often traced back to viral infections. However,
    less common causes can include rheumatoid
    arthritis, lupus and even cancer.
  • Asthma Asthma can cause shortness of breath,
    wheezing and coughing, and even chest pain. It is
    caused by an inflammation of the airways.

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  • When should you see a doctor?
  • You should call your doctor if you are unsure
    what is causing the pain or if you have any at
    concerns more generally. If the pain starts
    suddenly or if it cannot be relieved by
    anti-inflammatory medication, this is another
    indicator that you should seek medical advice.
  • You should call 999 if you
  • Feel a sudden pressure, tightness or crushing
    under your breastbone
  • Your chest pain spreads to your jaw, left arm or
    back
  • The chest pain is sudden, with shortness of
    breath. Especially after a long period of
    inactivity
  • You experience shallow blood pressure or heart
    rate
  • You experience sudden nausea, dizziness, rapid
    heart rate, confusion, paleness and excessive
    sweating

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A number of different heart conditions cause
chest pain, particularly as patients age or when
poor lifestyle choices affect their heart health.
If you think that your chest pain is due to heart
disease, it is vital to see a cardiologist in
your area as soon as possible. Venturi
Cardiology is a trusted private cardiologist that
serves the Northwest. We can often see patients
quicker than the NHS and provide consultations in
our clinic or over video calls to put your mind
at rest.
Contact Us
Address- 4 The Square Birchwood Blvd Birchwood
Warrington UK WA3 7QY Website-
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01925 748 245
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