Chest pain

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Chest pain can be a sign of a heart attack or other cardiac condition, but it can also be a symptom of problems related to respiration, digestion, bones and muscles, or other aspects of physichal and mental health.[1]

Chest pain should always be taken seriously, even if it's mild or you don't suspect a life-threatening condition.[1]

Presentation[edit | edit source]

Prevalence[edit | edit source]

  • Katrina Berne reports a prevalence of 40% for chest pain.[2]

Symptom recognition[edit | edit source]

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Possible causes[edit | edit source]

The following list is from Healthline article 30 Causes for Chest Pain and When to Seek Help.[1]

Heart-related causes

  • Angina
  • Heart attack
  • Myocarditis
  • Pericarditis
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Aortic dissection or rupture
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Valve disease

Respiratory causes

  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Collapsed lung
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD)
  • Pleurisy
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Digestive causes

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Esophagitis
  • Esophageal rupture
  • Primary esophageal motility disorders (PEMDs)
  • Dysphagia
  • Gallstones
  • Pancreatitis
  • Hiatal hernia

Mental health-related causes

Other causes

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Roland, James; Sullivan, Debra (Jan 10, 2018). "Causes of Chest Pain: 30 Reasons for Pain and Tightness". Healthline. Retrieved Feb 23, 2019. 
  2. Berne, Katrina (Dec 1, 1995), Running on Empty: The Complete Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS), 2nd ed., Hunter House, p. 58, ISBN 978-0897931915 


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