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   Chest Pain
 
Definition:
A discomfort or pain that you feel anywhere along the front of your body between your neck and upper abdomen.
 
Medical terms related to chest pain :
Chest tightness or pressure, Chest discomfort, chest pain
 
Common causes of chest pain: 
o Angina pectoris (Ischemic Heart Disease)
o Anxiety and rapid breathing
o Costochondritis and Tietze Syndrome
o Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
o Heart Attack
o Peptic Ulcer
o Pericarditis
o Pleurisy (Pleuritis)
o Fracture (Broken Rib, Sternum)
o Pneumonia
o Shingles (Called also Herpes zoster, Zona, Zoster)

Other Causes of chest pain:
o Asthma
o Pneumothorax (presence of gas in the pleural cavity)
o Gallstones
o Aortic Stenosis (abnormally narrow aortic valve)
o Arthritis
o Dissection of Aorta (a pathological splitting of the aortic media)
o Emotional Conditions
o Esophageal Spasm
o Pulmonary Embolism
o Pulmonary Hypertension
o Examples of Medications for Chest Pain

 

Call 911 or go to the hospital if chest pain is accompanied by: 
o Sudden crushing, squeezing, tightening, or pressure in chest
o Radiating pain to jaw, left arm, or between shoulder blades
o Nausea, dizziness, sweating, a racing heart, or shortness of breath
o Chest pain at rest
o Suddenly more intense, brought on by lighter activity, or lasts longer than usual in people with history of angina
o Sudden sharp chest pain with shortness of breath, especially after a long trip, or lack of movement that can lead to a blood clot in leg.

 
Call your doctor if chest pain is accompanied by: 
o Fever or a cough that produces yellow-green phlegm
o longer than 3 to 5 days chest pain

 
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: 
o Blood tests:
LDH, LDH isoenzymes, CPK, CPK isoenzymes, Troponin, CBC(diff)
o Cardiac catheterization (the use of or insertion of a catheter in heart)
o ECG
o Exercise ECG
o Lung scan
o X-rays of the chest

 
Prevention and self-care: 
Make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent chest pain from heart disease:
o Achieve and maintain normal weight
o Control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes
o Avoid cigarette smoking and second-hand smoke
o Eat a diet low in saturated and hydrogenated fats and cholesterol
o Eat a diet high in starches, fiber, fruits, and vegetables
o Reduce stress
o Exercise 3 hours per week or more (such as 30 minutes per day, 6 days per week)

 
   
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