Chest Pain

Chest Pain

Chest pain is a common symptom of a heart attack, but most chest pain isn’t due to a heart attack or related to heart disease.

In the United States, chest pain is the second most common complaint for emergency room visits—totaling almost 6 million visits to the ER every year.

What Causes Chest Pain Beyond Heart Problems?

There are many health conditions that can cause chest pain:

  • Acid reflux (heart burn)
  • Pulled muscle or cartilage
  • Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs)
  • Inflammation in the ribs (costochondritis)
  • And many other diseases

Treatment of chest pain depends on the cause and should be decided after a diagnosis is made.

What Makes a Heart Problem More Likely?

The most important indicator of life-threatening chest pain is your personal and family health history.

Patients with diabetes, a history of hypertension (high blood pressure), tobacco abusers, high cholesterol, and family history of heart disease have a GREATER RISK of a heart attack and need to seek immediate help when experiencing chest pain.

Can Chest Pain Lead to Death?

Yes. A few diagnoses are big concerns and should be treated immediately to help prevent death.

When chest pain is due to:

  1. Pulmonary embolism (blood clot)
  2. Heart attack
  3. Aortic aneurysm

Seek help and treatment IMMEDIATELY if those conditions are even suspected.

By | 2018-03-12T14:17:02-05:00 April 3rd, 2016|DVT/PE, Lymphedema Products|0 Comments

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