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Chest Pain

Chest pain is the pain felt in your upper body, from your shoulders down to your ribs. Although chest pain can be a symptom of various conditions, it becomes serious when it is related to cardiac problems.

Few causes of chest pain due to heart problems include heart attack, coronary artery disease, ischemia, pericarditis (inflammation of the outer wall of the heart), myocarditis (inflammation of heart muscle), cardiomyopathy, and coronary artery dissection.

Gastrointestinal problems like reflux (acid from the stomach enters into the esophagus), gallstones, esophageal spasm, esophageal rupture, varicose veins of the esophagus, strictures and tumors of the esophagus may also cause chest pain.

To understand the cause of chest pain, you need to visit your doctor. Usually, a medical history along with a physical examination test forms a key in deciding which path to follow in the diagnosis of chest pain.

Chest pain due to cardiac abnormalities is also called angina pain. If anyone experience chest pain along with other heart related symptoms, one should take proper medication. Treatment of chest pain due to cardiac problems includes nitroglycerine, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, oral antiplatelet medicines, or anticoagulants (blood thinners).

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