Chest pains: a few of the most common causes
Chest pains: a few of the most common causes. Firstly, if you are experiencing severe pain, crushing, squeezing, or pressure in your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes in duration, or if the pain moves into your neck, left shoulder, arm, or jaw, you should immediately go to the hospital emergency room, or seek medical attention.
Chest pain can be a frightening experience. It can often be difficult for even medical professionals to diagnose the symptoms correctly. It is important to realize that any part of the chest can be the cause of the pain including the heart, lungs, oesophagus, muscle, bone or even the skin. Due to the complex nature of the nervous distribution around the body, the pain may not even originate in the chest. Often organs in the thoracic or abdomen like the stomach can be the source.
Of course, there are some serious, even life threatening causes of chest pain. These causes need to be treated by a medical professional as soon as possible. These include;
Heart attack: A heart attack occurs when blood flow in the arteries that supply the heart become blocked. With the decrease level of blood flow, oxygen supply to the heart muscle declines. This lack of oxygen can lead to deteriorate, damage and even death of the heart muscle.
Angina: Angina is chest pain that is related to an imbalance between the amount of oxygen needed by the heart muscle and the amount which can be provided by the blood. It is caused by the narrowing or blockage of the arteries. Angina is different to a heart attack because with angina the artery is never completely blocked.
Cocaine-induced chest pain: Cocaine causes the blood vessels to constrict. This can decreased blood-flow to the heart, causing chest pain.
If you experience chest pain, and in particular if the pain is new. Seek medical attention, by calling your doctor or the emergency services. And remember, if going to the hospital do not drive yourself. You definitely do not want to add a car crash to your list of troubles.