Chest Pain

Below you will find more information about Chest Pain from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Chest Pain it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Chest Pain and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Chest Pain comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

It is a sudden feeling of pain in the chest.

Diagnosis

To determine the cause of the patient's chest pain, doctors perform tests such as an electrocardiogram test, stress tests, blood tests, chest X-ray, nuclear scan, coronary catheterization, electron beam computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, echocardiogram, or endoscopy. After a careful evaluation, doctors can often distinguish whether the chest pain is due to non-cardiac or cardiac causes.

Treatment

Chest pain due to heart problems may be treated with medications appropriate to the cause. If it is really a heart attack, the patient may be treated with clot-busting medication or undergo a surgical procedure. Chest pain due to non-cardiac causes is also treated depending on the problem. Patients may be evaluated and treated in an outpatient setting if doctors determine there is not immediate danger.

Symptoms and Signs

Patients may feel an unexplained and persistent chest pain or pressure or tightness in the chest. These feelings may also be accompanied with shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, dizziness or pain radiating beyond the chest to one or both arms or neck.

Causes

Cardiac causes include heart attack, angina, pericarditis, or coronary artery spasm. Non-cardiac causes may include heartburn, pleurisy, costochondritis, pulmonary embolism, sore muscles, esophageal spasms, achalasia, shingles, or problems in the gallbladder or pancreas. Metabolic syndrome and endothelial dysfunction are heart-related conditions that may also cause chest pain. Noncardiac causes include heartburn, panic attack, pleurisy, costochondritis, pulmonary embolism, other lung conditions as well as sore muscles and swallowing disorders.

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