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By Medicover Hospitals / 28 March 2022

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  • Chest pain can be normal, but sometimes it needs special attention because it can be an indication of some serious disease. If delayed, it can complicate or even worse the health condition. In this article, you will be able to differentiate between normal chest pain and chest pain which might be a serious symptom.

    Know about Chest pain in detail.
    Chest pain is an indication of a variety of medical issues, including muscle strain from excessive exertion or a heart attack.


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    Causes


    The following can be caused due to various reasons. Following are the causes of chest pain-
    • Ulcers
    • Asthma
    • Stress
    • Pericarditis
    • Anxiety or depression
    • Muscle strain
    • Collapsed lung
    • Angina
    • Gallstones
    • Pneumonia
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
    • Hiatal hernia
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Pancreatitis
    • Rib injury
    • Bronchitis
    Even if your chest pain is caused by a cardiac issue, it may not be a heart attack or an aorta rip, which might kill you soon. It could be pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart), cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), or myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle).

    These illnesses necessitate medical attention, although they aren't life-threatening.

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    Dr Abhishek Ashok Saklecha

    Dr Abhishek Ashok Saklecha


        MBBS- KEM Hospital, Mumbai
            MD (Medicine) - Gold Medalist, KEM Hospital,        Mumbai DM Cardiology - SGPGI, Lucknow

        Consultant Cardiology Interventional Cardiologist

        Experience: 8 years

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    Serious Symptoms that need to be addressed right away


    Chest pain that is accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms may signal a dangerous condition:
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Sweaty palms
    • Dizziness
    • Breathing problems
    • Left side chest pain
    • The feeling of a scalding feeling around your heart
    • A feeling of heaviness in your chest
  • Pain extending down one or both arms, as well as to your shoulders, jaw, and back, is another symptom of a heart attack. Reach out to your nearest emergency center if you have any of these symptoms.
    Remember that every person has a different reaction to a heart attack. You may experience a slew of symptoms at once, as well as excruciating pain. The symptoms of some people are subtle. They could simply feel minor chest discomfort or shortness of breath
  • How to differentiate?

  • You can differentiate between normal chest pain and abnormal chest pain by noticing the severity of the pain. Heart attack is always seen or thought of like a grip on the chest and a sudden collapse. However, a heart attack is not known to cause severe pain. The pain of a heart attack is commonly described as a persistent feeling of pressure like something heavy kept over the chest.
    A sharp, stabbing pain that lasts for a few seconds, similar to an electric shock, is more likely to be caused by a bone or nerve problem, such as a cracked rib or torn muscle. This type of discomfort may be more intense than a heart attack but it will go away very quickly. A heart attack might cause chest pain that lasts 30 minutes or more.
  • Manage chest pain


    • Whenever you notice chest pain or any discomfort, immediately consult a doctor.
    • Drink more water.
    • Perform exercises such as breathing exercises and yoga.
    • Do not eat too much fried food or oily food.
    • Sleep properly
    • Follow a healthy lifestyle
  • If you're concerned about your heart health, consult us for a comprehensive health package, laboratory testing, chest X-rays, and an electrocardiogram, if necessary.

    Conclusion

  • If diagnosed at the right time every disease can be prevented, managed, and treated. Likewise, chest pain can be managed and treated. But one has to start the treatment at right time and take the necessary steps for its prevention. Follow a healthy lifestyle and have healthy habits. Stay heart-healthy and fit.
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