Chest pain can be a very worrisome symptom. Although the pain may be a sign of a heart attack or heart condition, there are many other types of health problems that can cause a pain in your chest. Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha discuss a few reasons your chest may hurt.
Strains, sprains or pulled ligaments can cause pain in the chest. If your pain worsens when you breathe or cough and the muscles feel sore when you press on them, an injury may be responsible for your pain. In some cases, pain may radiate to your chest from a sprain or strain in your neck or back.
A heart attack
A heart attack is the first thing many people think about when they feel chest pain. If you're having a heart attack, you may experience squeezing or crushing chest pain that may radiate to your arm, back, jaw or shoulder. Other symptoms of a heart attack include shortness of breath, vomiting, nausea, lightheadedness, anxiety, stomach pain and sweating. Visit the emergency room immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.
Chest pain can sometimes occur after you've spent all night vomiting due to an illness. Stomach acids can irritate the lining of your sensitive esophagus, causing the pain. Because vomiting can occur during a heart attack, it's important not to ignore this pain if you have any of the symptoms associated with a heart attack.
Angina may be the cause of pressing or squeezing pain in your chest, shoulders, neck, jaw, arm and back and can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack. Angina occurs when the blood flow to your heart is decreased and is caused by an underlying heart condition.
Many of the same symptoms that occur when you're having a heart attack can also happen during an anxiety attack. Because it's often impossible to tell if the source of your pain is a heart or anxiety attack, it's important to visit a Gilbert area emergency room if you experience any potential heart attack symptoms.
Are you concerned about chest pain or a heart condition? Call Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha at (480) 786-9100 to schedule an appointment.