What is causing my chest pain?
In a lot of cases, chest pain will not be caused by anything serious, but it may be a good idea to see a doctor about it if you are concerned. If you believe that you are having a heart attack, then it is important that you seek immediate medical advice.
Chest pain can be caused by a number of different factors, and may not actually be caused by your heart. Here are some of the most common causes of chest pain:
Heartburn/indigestion- this will usually happen after you have eaten and may leave you bloated and with a bitter taste in your mouth.
Chest strain- this can be caused by an injury to the chest or after exercise, it is likely that the pain will go away when you are resting.
Anxiety/panic attack- stressful situations may cause your heart to beat faster, give you the sweats and possible may you feel dizzy.
Chest infection/pneumonia- this will usually get worse when you are breathing in and out, you may also have green mucus and high temperature.
Shingles- a skin condition that can feel tingly and blister.
Trapped wind- this can lead to pressure building up and can be very uncomfortable.
However, your chest pain may also be caused by a problem with your heart such as:
Coronary heart disease- this can cause a blockage in the heart that reduces the flow of blood and oxygen around the body. It may feel like you have someone is squeezing your chest.
Heart attack- this is caused by a problem of blood flow through the heart. If you are having a heart attack you may feel a crushing pain in the centre or left side of your chest.
Myocarditis- this is when the heart muscles become inflamed and may cause problems with breathing. The symptoms of this condition can mimic those of a heart attack.
Pericarditis- this is inflammation or infection or the sac around the heart. If you have this you may experience a sharp pain in your shoulders and upper neck.
To reduce your risk of developing a heart issue that may cause pain in your chest you might benefit from:
Maintaining a healthy weight
Having health checks to know if you are at a higher risk of developing heart conditions.
Keeping an eye on your blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.