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The Many Causes of Chest Pain

Chest pain is a hallmark symptom of a heart attack, but there are many other reasons that could explain your chest pain. While experiencing chest pain is often scary, it’s best to avoid jumping to conclusions and instead seek the advice of a health care professional.

Millions of Americans experience chest pain at some point during their lives. At Sure Medical Care, our multidisciplinary team works together to help you stay healthy. Detecting issues before they become bigger problems is key to maintaining health. If you have chest pain of any sort, our team will work to evaluate your chest pain and get to the root of the problem. 

Like other types of pain, chest pain varies in both severity and causes. There can be a big difference between the chest pain associated with heartburn compared to the type of crushing chest pain linked to a heart attack. 

With so much variation, how can you tell the difference between large, spicy meal-induced heartburn and a serious heart problem?

Learning the different causes of chest pain can give you some guidance on when your chest pain is likely nothing to worry about and when you should make an appointment with us. Given the serious nature of heart issues, it’s best not to take any chances. 

Chest pain overview

Chest pain varies from very minor problems, such as indigestion, to life-threatening emergencies like a heart attack. The pain itself can range from mild to severe and it can last for various lengths of time.

The type of pain can also vary and be:

Although commonly associated with heart issues, chest pain can be related to other parts of your body like your stomach, lungs, and intestines. Chest pain can also trigger pain in other areas, including your neck, jaw, and arms. In fact, left arm pain is a common sign of a heart attack.

What conditions cause chest pain?

Chest pain can come from many sources, but the most serious cases often deal with the lungs and heart. Chest pain can develop from issues like:

If you’ve been under stress, it can also cause chest pain. Anxiety, panic attacks, and stressful events are linked to chest pain. Rapid breathing and shortness of breath are associated with this type of chest pain.

Diagnosing chest pain

If you experience sudden, severe chest pain, seek immediate medical help. If you have concerns about your heart health or have worrying symptoms, visit our office. We use effective diagnostic tools and techniques to get to the root of your chest pain. 

Diagnosing your chest pain may include:

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your chest pain. The sooner you have a comprehensive evaluation, the sooner you’ll have the answer you need. Once diagnosed, we can recommend the most appropriate treatment option to address your symptoms.  

Don’t ignore chest pain. For a thorough evaluation, contact our office in Elmhurst, New York, by phone or online to schedule an appointment today. 

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