Last Updated on Jan 25, 2020

Causes of Chest Pain

Chest pain can be triggered by any part of the body and this includes the heart, lungs, esophagus, muscle, skin, and bones. Even abdominal organs can cause chest pain.

Some individuals suffer from intense discomfort or chest pain due to gas build up.

Hence the exact reasons of chest pain must be identified.

Some of the causes for chest pain include those listed below:

Heart

Lungs

  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
  • Blood clot within the lung (pulmonary embolism)
  • Inflammation of the lung lining (pleurisy)
  • Pulmonary hypertension
Causes of Chest Pain

Digestive system

Gall bladder problems cause chest pain after a heavy meal

Other causes

  • Inflammation/strain of the muscles and /or tendons located between the ribs
  • Inflammation in the joints where the ribs meet the sternum or breast bone (costochondritis)
  • Shingles
  • Syphilis
  • Splenic flexure syndrome
  • Thyroid disease
  • Anxiety
  • Exercising after eating

Of these, angina, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism and spontaneous pneumothorax are potentially life- threatening condition that may require an urgent hospitalization.(6),(7)

Reference:

  1. Chest Pain or Discomfort - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK416/)
  2. Gender Matters: Heart Disease Risk in Women - (https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/gender-matters-heart-disease-risk-in-women)
  3. Chest Pain - Children - (https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/c/chest)
  4. Angina (Chest Pain) - (https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-attack/angina-chest-pain)
  5. Musculoskeletal Chest Wall Pain - (https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2015/august/musculoskeletal-chest-wall-pain/)
  6. Angina and Other Causes of Chest Pain - (http://www.secondscount.org/heart-condition-centers/info-detail-2/whats-causing-your-chest-pain-2#.XiWSKMgzbIU )
  7. Other Conditions May be Causes of Chest Pain - (https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/other-conditions-may-be-causes-of-chest-pain)
  8. Chest pain - (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/chest-pain)

Comments

Bensput Friday, October 27, 2017

Hi. For my mother 53 years old, we have already consulted a cardiologist 2 years ago. Did echo test, treadmill test, ECG, all reports normal. Cardiologist diagnosed PSVT and given DILZEM-SR to take daily one tablet. Palpitation of heart stopped with that, but chest pain on left side is severe, feel too much heaviness in the chest while sleeping or lying down. Which specialist we should visit? Kindly advise.

joel101 Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I have been having pains in my left chest for over a year now and have not seen a doctor to complain!I am afraid of this!I have stopped smoking for two years now but still drinks

CrazyBasenjiLady Friday, February 1, 2013

I have sudden sharp pain in my chest and then it goes away. It doesn't happen every day and it isn't associated with any other symptom. I plan to tell my doctor at my next visit, but he'll send me to the same old cardiologist who makes me feel like a waste of time.

tonicasweetzz Friday, March 15, 2013

it could be Precordial Catch Syndrome research it or angina

syras Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The typical symptoms of Chest pain are:
Chest “tightness,” “squeezing,” or “heaviness.” People describe this feeling as a weight or as a band being tightened around their chest. The pain is usually located on the left side of the chest above the bottom of the ribcage, but it’s often hard to define its exact location.
Shortness of breath. Sweating, nausea, and an anxious feeling
A pain in the left arm, neck and jaw.

syras Monday, October 11, 2010

The typical symptoms of chest pain in women are:
Chest “tightness,” “squeezing,” or “heaviness.”  People describe this feeling as a weight or as a band being tightened around their chest. The pain is usually located on the left side of the chest above the bottom of the ribcage, but it’s often hard to define its exact location.
Shortness of breath.Sweating, nausea, and an anxious feeling
A pain in the left arm, neck and jaw.

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