Causes of Chest Pain

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Many people believe that chest pain can only be caused by heart problems, but it is also possible for chest pain to be caused by problems with the lungs or ribs, or even in the muscles, oesophagus or ribs. Certain foods and medicines can also cause it. It is important to treat chestpain seriously and not ignore it. Call 000 immediately if you suspect you’re having a heart attack. 

You should call 000 to request an ambulance if the pain is sudden, worsens, is accompanied with any of these symptoms or lasts more than 10 minutes. It is important to note the time and place of the pain, which can help your doctor determine the cause.

The first thing an ambulance will ask you is the cause of your pain, and for how long. The ambulance will want to know whether the pain has been getting worse or better.

A heart attack is the most common cause of pain in the chest. A blockage of an artery that carries blood to the heart can cause chestpain (coronary diseases). The artery may rupture. It can happen when you suffer a heartattack or have a blood clot (pulmonary embolism) in your lung.

Mitral valve prolapse is another heart condition that may cause chest-pain. The valve that controls the blood flow from the right ventricle into the left atrium doesn’t close correctly each time the heart beats.
A tear in the aorta wall, the main vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest the body, is a less common but still serious cause of chest discomfort. It can cause severe pain, which occurs suddenly and usually when you breathe in.

Pericarditis can cause pain. This can result in a burning, sharp pain. The lining around your lungs may become infected, causing swelling (pleurisy). This is a burning pain in the chest that worsens when you breathe.

Chest pain can be caused by stress and anxiety. It can be caused by a major life event, such as losing your job or having an accident. Or, it could be due to fear that something bad will happen to you or a loved one. Stress can be caused by everyday things like work, school, or a relationship.
Chest pain may be due to an infection of the lungs or the oesophagus. It can also be caused by medications you take or conditions such as chronic lung disease, hyperventilation, gastroesophageal reflux disorder or rheumatologic diseases. Colds, flu and other viral infections can cause it. Ibuprofen can help relieve the pain. Some cancer treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy can cause chest pain.