Everything you need to know about chest pain
Chest pain is the condition where you experience a stabbing feeling, or a feeling of tightness in your chest while taking a breath.
Chest pain is the most common symptom of heart disease.
- Needs medical treatment.
- Can be a serious health issue.
Ages affected - All ages are susceptible.
Chest pain while breathing can be triggered by various disorders, diseases such as pneumonia and injuries involving the lungs and associated tissues and organs. If experiencing such pain, you should see a doctor immediately for testing and diagnosis as it can be a sign of heart disease or lung cancer.
Chest pain can come in various forms and can vary from mild to severe.
People may experience:
- Sharp, stabbing feeling in the chest when taking a breath
- Tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Hoarseness and trouble swallowing
- Pain and ache spreading across the back, shoulder and neck
It is critical that you consult your doctor immediately to identify the cause of the chest pain because different causes have different treatments.
Medication: To handle the pain temporarily, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers. However, depending on the root cause of your pain, your doctor may prescribe other medication such as -
- Artery relaxers
- Thrombolytic drugs
- Blood thinners
- Acid-suppressing medications
Specialists: Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist depending on the root cause of your pain and the severity of the condition.
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