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- 1 Which side is bad chest pain?
- 2 What can chest pain be mistaken for?
Where is chest pain located?
What is chest pain? – Chest pain is any sort of pain felt in your upper body, from your jaw down to the bottom of your ribs.
Which side is bad chest pain?
Pain in the right upper chest can be caused by injury to the bones, tissues, and muscles. It could also be caused by underlying conditions and mental health issues. Pain in the right side of your chest can happen for a number of reasons. Most chest discomfort, especially on your right side, is not related to your heart.
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Keep reading to learn what may be behind your symptoms and when you should speak to your doctor. Chest pain on the left side is typically associated with a heart attack. If you feel any pain on your right side, it’s most likely not related to your heart. According to 2019 research, you should seek immediate medical attention if you:
have unexplained and unexpected severe chest painfeel pressure, squeezing, or fullness in your chesthave severe pain shooting through your arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomachbreak out into a cold sweatfeel weak, dizzy, or nauseoushave difficulty breathing
Any of these symptoms could be caused by a serious or life threatening condition, so you should seek urgent care as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing pain on the right side of your chest, here are a few potential causes. An anxiety disorder or extreme stress can bring on panic attacks, which can feel very similar to a heart attack, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America,
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Panic attacks can cause chest pain from hyperventilating (breathing rapidly or deeply) since it makes your chest wall muscles go into spasms. Pain resulting from anxiety or stress can occur on either side of the chest. Because symptoms of a panic attack can mimic those of a heart attack, you should seek immediate medical care to rule out any heart-related issues.
Deep breathing exercises can also help stop a panic attack. Trauma or overuse can cause muscle strain, which is one of the most common causes of pain on either side of your chest. Muscle strain can happen because of intense upper body activity during sports or overworking your muscles during other intense activities.
Muscle pain may also happen gradually as a result of tension or anxiety. In most cases, resting and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are enough to ease your symptoms, Chest pain can also happen because of tears to the pectoralis muscle, according to 2021 research,
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If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor. They can determine whether your injury will be able to heal on its own or if treatment is necessary. Heartburn refers to the burning sensation you feel in your chest after eating, bending over, working out, or even lying down at night.
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Indigestion refers to an upset stomach. Although indigestion usually does not cause chest pain, it may happen alongside heartburn. Symptoms of indigestion include :
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Here’s how to relieve your heartburn symptoms. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid flows back into your food pipe (esophagus). This can cause:
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If you’re experiencing acid reflux more than twice a week, you may have developed gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), In addition to chest pain, symptoms of GERD include :
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Although you may be able to find relief with home remedies, you should talk with your doctor for a diagnosis. They may be able to prescribe medication to help treat or prevent symptoms. Chest pain is one of the main symptoms of costochondritis, This condition happens when your rib cage cartilage becomes inflamed.
The pain can be severe or mild. Although the pain is typically felt on the left side of your chest, it may also occur on the right side. Other symptoms include pain in your back and abdomen and pain that worsens when you cough or take a deep breath. Chest pain caused by costochondritis may feel similar to a heart attack or other heart-related conditions, so you should seek emergency care.
Your doctor can rule out any life threatening conditions. Gallbladder inflammation ( cholecystitis ) happens when there’s a bile buildup in your gallbladder. In most cases, cholecystitis is caused by gallstones blocking the tube that leads out of the organ.
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If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor for a diagnosis. Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox, Shingles does not cause chest pain on the inside. However, it may feel like you’re having problems with your heart or lungs depending on the location of the viral infection.
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Although you may be able to find relief with home remedies, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis. They’ll prescribe medication to help clear the infection. Pleurisy happens when the membrane lining the inner side of your chest cavity and the lining over the lungs, known as the pleura, becomes inflamed.
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If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, see your doctor for a diagnosis. Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of your lungs. Pneumonia will make you cough, sometimes with phlegm, which can cause pain on either side of your chest. You may also feel chest pain when you breathe. Other symptoms of pneumonia include :
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Although home remedies can relieve your symptoms, it’s important that you see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If the infection itself is left untreated, pneumonia can become fatal. Sudden onset of shortness of breath is the main symptom of pneumothorax, which is a collapsed lung.
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If you suspect that you have a collapsed lung, seek emergency medical care. The two types of cardiac inflammation that can cause chest pain are myocarditis and pericarditis, Myocarditis happens when your heart muscle becomes inflamed. Pericarditis refers to inflammation in the two layers of sac-like tissue (pericardium) that surrounds your heart.
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With pericarditis, the discomfort in your chest can be so intense that it feels like you’re having a heart attack. If you’re experiencing severe chest pain, seek emergency care to rule out any life threatening causes. Pulmonary hypertension refers to high blood pressure in the heart-to-lung system.
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If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, see your doctor for a diagnosis. They can prescribe medication or other therapies to help relieve your symptoms and prevent future complications. A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot travels from a vein in your leg to your lungs, according to 2021 research,
This sudden arterial block prevents blood from flowing to your lung tissue, causing chest pain. The pain may also spread throughout your arm, jaw, shoulder, and neck. Pulmonary embolism can be fatal if left untreated, so seek emergency medical care if you’re experiencing these symptoms. A fractured rib can cause intense chest pain and difficulty breathing.
Broken ribs are typically caused by an injury to the chest or severe coughing. Symptoms of a broken rib include :
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If you’re worried about the pain in the right side of your chest and it’s lasted more than a few days, you should see your doctor. The aches and discomfort may be caused by something mild, like acid reflux, but there’s a chance they’re from something more serious, like pulmonary hypertension.
How long is too long for chest pain?
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Call 911 or have someone take you to the closest emergency room right away if you have chest pain that lasts longer than five minutes and doesn’t go away when you rest or take medication. Cardiac chest pain can be life-threatening. Chest pain can be a sign of a heart attack.
What can chest pain be mistaken for?
Other causes of chest pain – The chest pressure that accompanies heart attack is often, It also may indicate:
Angina, when blood supply to the heart muscle is restricted but not blocked Lung issues, including infection (pneumonia) or a blood clot (pulmonary embolism) Muscle pain, such as inflammation or injury to the muscles in the chest wall Other digestive issues, such as inflammation or spasms in the pancreas, gallbladder or esophagus Panic attack, or very intense anxiety Tear in a blood vessel, such as aortic dissection
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How do I know if my chest pain is a muscle strain?
What are the symptoms of strained chest muscle? A strained chest muscle usually causes pain in the chest area that gets worse with movement or coughing. ‘You may notice pain or tenderness along the chest, tenderness when touching the injured muscle, pain with arm movements and difficulty moving the arm,’ Chapman said.
How can you tell the difference between cardiac and non cardiac chest pain?
Can Chest Pain Be Prevented? – Many forms of chest pain can be prevented. This is true for both cardiac and non-cardiac chest pain. For example, cardiac chest pain may be prevented in individuals that choose not to smoke and live a healthy lifestyle that includes low-fat foods, fiber, and exercise,
Individuals that have risk factors for cardiac disease can reduce their risk and concomitant chest pain by following the instructions and medications provided by their doctor. Reducing atherosclerosis, the most common cause of cardiac chest pain, results in chest pain prevention. Like cardiac chest pain, non-cardiac chest pain may be prevented by preventing the underlying causes of pain.
For example, avoiding situations that may increase your risk for pneumonia, chest muscle strain, or chest trauma are ways to prevent non-cardiac chest pain.
Is any chest pain normal?
Chest pain takes many different forms. From an ongoing dull ache to sharp pains that come and go, experiencing chest pain can make you worry that you’re having a heart attack. While chest pain can indicate a heart attack, there are lots of other possible causes, and they’re not all life-threatening.
What does chest pain feel like?
Heart attack – Chest pain can be a warning sign of a, A heart attack happens when one or more of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle is blocked. This stops the blood flow and reduces the amount of oxygen that gets to your heart muscle. Chest pain caused by a heart attack can:
feel like uncomfortable pressure, heaviness or tightness in your chest spread to your arms, shoulders, neck, jaw or back last for several minutes or come and go.
Chest pain may occur in combination with other heart attack warning signs such as:
nausea, indigestion or vomiting, light-headedness or feeling faint feeling anxious or breaking out in a cold sweat shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Warning signs of a heart attack vary from person to person, and they may not always be sudden or severe. You may have just one or a combination of these symptoms. It is also possible to experience a ‘silent heart attack’, where you might not have any symptoms at all.