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Chest Pain Symptoms – Don't Worry, But Be Careful

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Chest pain can be a frightening thing, especially if you’ve had heart problems in the past. Not all chest pain is something to worry about though. Let’s take a look at three common types of chest pain that may be a symptom of a different issue that’s not heart-related.

General Chest Discomfort

If you are experiencing discomfort in your chest and find that it stops hurting as you begin moving or exercising, then there’s nothing to worry about. It may be as something as simple as indigestion or acid reflux. You would have to worry if you started to exercise and the chest pain became much worse. This may be a sign of heart complications.

Momentary Chest Discomfort

Although it can be very alarming, momentary chest pain may not be as serious as you think. If you are experiencing a shock-like pain and it continues for several minutes, this could be from an injury or inflammation. For example, you may have torn a muscle, cracked a bone, or injured yourself.

Pinpoint Chest Discomfort

If you experience a pain in your chest that seems to worsen as you change positions and breath-in deep, this could be a sign of a problem with the lunges. For example, you could have inflammation or asthma. Again, the focus here is on the pain level while you are breathing.

Symptoms to Worry About

If any of the following symptoms occur and at least five minutes, get yourself to a hospital immediately.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat 
  • Extreme pain in the center of the chest
  • Heavy pressure or discomfort in the chest
  • Unexplainable pain arms, back, jaw, neck or stomach 
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue 
  • Lightheadedness
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