Chest pain can be a symptom of a number of serious medical conditions and usually considered a medical emergency. The intensity, quality, and duration of the pain vary with each person. When it strikes it may feel like a sharp, stabbing pain or a dull ache. It can be life-threatening because it could signal that you have a serious heart condition. However, it can also occur even if it’s not life-threatening.
Often times, when you experience chest pain, what comes to mind is you are having a heart attack. Though it is indeed true that it is the number one sign when a person is having a heart attack, chest pain can be caused by a number of reasons. Read on to see what are the possible causes.
There are many causes why a person can experience the pain. There are chest pains caused by heart-related medical conditions.
A heart attack is one example where a person can feel chest pain. Angina, pericarditis, myocarditis, cardiomyopathy and aortic dissection are just some of the heart conditions that can cause chest pains.
Acid reflux or heartburn, gallstones, swallowing problems related to disorders of the esophagus, inflammation of the gallbladder or pancreas – these are the gastrointestinal causes of chest pains.
Chest pain can also be caused by lung medical conditions. Pneumonia, viral bronchitis, pneumothorax, which is a leak of air from your lung into your chest, a blood clot or constriction of your air passages-can all cause chest pains.
The following can also be a cause of chest pains, broken ribs, sore muscles due to exertion, and compression fractures.
There are other medical conditions that can cause the pain. Therefore identifying other symptoms can help your doctor make a diagnosis.
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SSA considers chest pain as an illness that could entitle you to Social Security Disability Benefits and SSI.