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Quick Facts on Chest Pain

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What other conditions may cause chest pain?

Although chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack and heart disease, discomfort in the chest may also be caused my many other conditions, such as:

Digestive system problems:

  • Stomach acid moving upward into the esophagus (esophageal reflux or heartburn)
  • Muscle spasm of the esophagus
  • Gallbladder disease
  • A sore in the lining of the stomach or small intestine (peptic ulcer)

Inflammation:

  • Inflammation of the membrane surrounding the lungs (pleurisy)
  • Inflammation of the membrane covering the heart (pericarditis)

Heart, lung, and heart valve problems:

  • A tear in the wall of the aorta (aortic dissection)
  • Narrowing of the aortic valve (aortic stenosis)
  • A blood clot in one of the arteries of the lungs (pulmonary embolism)

Other causes:

  • Panic, anxiety, stress, or depression
  • Shingles (herpes zoster), a reactivation of the chickenpox virus that causes pain and rash
  • Pain in the bones and/or muscles of the chest wall

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