Some Possible Reasons For Chest Pains
1. Gallbladder problems
The gallbladder is a small organ that sits on the right side of the stomach and may become inflamed due to the presence of stones or excessive consumption of fat, for example. When this happens, there is a pain in the right side of the chest that can radiate to the heart, looking like a heart attack.
How to identify: It mainly affects the right side of the chest and worsens after eating, especially after eating greasier foods such as fried or sausage. In addition, it can also arise with nausea and full stomach feeling.
2. Problems in the lungs
Before being a symptom of heart problems, chest pain is more common in changes that happen in the lungs, such as bronchitis, asthma or infection, for example. Because a part of the lung is located in the chest and behind the heart, this pain can be felt to be the heart, although it is not.
How to identify: It is a pain that can appear on the right or left side of the chest, but it gets worse when breathing, especially when deep breathing. There may also be a feeling of shortness of breath, wheezing, or frequent coughing.
What to do: a pneumologist should be consulted to identify the specific cause of the pain and initiate appropriate treatment.
3. Heart diseases
Heart disease, such as arrhythmia, heart failure, heart muscle inflammation, or coronary heart disease, usually does not have chest pain, and other symptoms of excessive tiredness or palpitations are more common. However, with more intense exercise, these types of problems can cause pain.
How to identify: It is a pain that does not appear to be caused by any of the reasons listed above and is accompanied by other symptoms such as changes in heart rate, palpitations, generalized swelling, excessive tiredness and fast breathing, for example.
Infarction, although it is the first concern of those who suffer from chest pain, is usually a rare cause, being more common in people with uncontrolled high blood pressure, very high cholesterol, age greater than 45 years or smokers.
How to identify: It is a pain more localized in the left side of the chest, in the form of a tightening, that does not improve after 20 minutes, being able to radiate to one of the arms, or jaw, causing a sensation of tingling.
What to do: It is recommended that you look for an emergency room to have a heart test, such as an electrocardiogram and chest x-ray, to identify if there is a heart attack, and to start treatment as circulation medicines if necessary.
When to go to the doctor
It is important to seek medical help when chest pain takes more than 20 minutes to relieve, especially when other symptoms such as:
However, in case of cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure or heart failure, you should take the medicines prescribed by the cardiologist and only go to the hospital if the pain does not pass after 20 minutes or call the doctor accompanying you.
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