Having a pain in your chest can be scary. It does not always mean that you are having a heart attack. There can be many other causes, including
- Other heart problems, such as angina
- Panic attacks
- Digestive problems, such as heartburn or esophagus disorders
- Sore muscles
- Lung diseases, such as pneumonia, pleurisy, or pulmonary embolism
- Costochondritis - an inflammation of joints in your chest
Some of these problems can be serious. Get immediate medical care if you have chest pain that does not go away, crushing pain or pressure in the chest, or chest pain along with nausea, sweating, dizziness or shortness of breath. Treatment depends on the cause of the pain.
Diagnosis and Tests
- Heartburn or Chest Pain: When Is It Heart Attack? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- Stress Tests for Chest Pain: When You Need an Imaging Test -- and When You Don't (ABIM Foundation)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Chest Pain (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Predictive risk stratification using HEART (history, electrocardiogram, age, risk factors, and...
- Article: The Electrocardiogram: Still a Useful Tool in the Primary Care Office.
- Article: There might be a distinctive clinical phenotype of constipation with non-cardiac...
- Chest Pain -- see more articles