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Upon hearing the word chest pain, one thing that immediately springs to your mind is a heart attack. It is true that chest pain is the most common and well-known symptom of a heart attack, but is it always the case? That’s not true. Chest pain can be caused by multiple other reasons that may or may not be directly linked to your heart. Let’s delve more into the causes of chest pain to understand whether you should be worried about it or not.
The two major organs that lie in your chest cavity are the heart and lungs. Any minor to a major complication with these organs or their associated structures may cause chest pain. Some of the common causes include:
Besides these conditions, chest pain occurs due to various causes such as a traumatic injury, pulmonary hypertension, collapsed lung, peptic ulcer, etc. The symptoms for each condition need to be thoroughly evaluated to figure out the potential cause.
It is better to seek emergency medical care if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
If you have already experienced chest pain before due to a known reason (such as gastric acid reflux), you may not need emergency medical attention in such a situation. However, if you’re unaware of your condition or its symptoms, it is better to seek the help of a professional medical expert to guide and reassure you about the problem.
Your doctor will tell you the underlying cause after examination and certain diagnostic tests. Some of the tests include ECG, blood tests, chest x-ray, etc. Some specific tests may be required after obtaining results from these general tests. If it is something to be worried about, your doctor will guide you about the necessary measures to treat and prevent it.
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