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8 Causes Of Chest Pain


Chest pain points out to pain felt anywhere in the chest region from the level of your shoulders to the bottom of your ribs. It is a common symptom for people at any age and there are many causes why a chest pain occurs.

Most of the times, it can be difficult to diagnose the exact reason for a chest pain without carrying out a detailed investigation or test. However, it is extremely crucial to take any kind of chest pain seriously because sometimes it can indicate an underlying problem which can be related to the heart.

The common causes of chest pain accredit to heart diseases, heart attacks, acidity and even lung disorders.

NOTE: When your chest pain starts at the center, right or left side, and accompanies excessive sweating, shortness of breath, shooting pain in the neck and a feeling of nausea, call in for an emergency immediately.

Here are some of the causes of chest pain. Take a look:


Heart Disease

One of the main causes of chest pain is due to a cardiac origin which is medically known as 'angina'. Research states that any person can suffer from angina for a short or long period of time, depending on the type of heart disease. In cases like this, chest pain is felt in the shoulder region and travels to the limbs too.


Due To Tension

Not many are aware but, tension is another main reason for chest pains. When there is an increase in the level of blood pressure in the arteries which carry the blood to the lungs it gives out a pain in the chest.



Gastroesophageal reflux disease also known as GERD is another cause for chest pain. Acidity or heart burn are some of the common reasons. It is accompanied with constant burping, heaviness on the chest and at times pain in the shoulder region too.


Lung Problems

It may have never crossed our mind to relate lung disorders with chest pain, but strangely abnormality of the lung function can be one of the causes of chest pain. Pulmonary embolism is a lung disorder where a blood clot develops in an artery of the lung thus preventing the flow of blood to the lung tissue causing chest pain.



Stress is the underlying problem and another reason for chest pain. When the body is under stress, the heart rate increases, and blood pressure also rises rapidly which affects the circulatory system of blood flow to the heart resulting in a chest pain.



Depression plays havoc in one's life, especially with the heart. When you are feeling depressed there is an increase in the heart rate and faster blood flow to the heart causing a sudden chest pain.


Due To Injury

An injury to the rib cage, muscles or the chest wall will result to chest pain. This type of chest pain usually remains constant and can be treated with medication.


Body Exertion

When the body does not get sufficient oxygen to carry out metabolic processes it results to exertion and strain on the muscles and organs. This strain effects the chest region leading to chest pain. Exertion is one of the many causes of chest pain and should be treated by taking proper rest.

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Story first published: Thursday, May 7, 2015, 8:30 [IST]
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