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Chest Pains: Sore Muscles or a Symptom of Possible Heart Disease?

By: Janine Sanborn, West Oaks Urgent Content Writer

Chest pain can vary from being a very sharp pain to just a dull ache. It could also be a crushing or burning that ranges from the neck and jaw, and then into the back and one or both arms. It is important to see a doctor when experiencing chest pain to find out the cause.

Heart-related chest pain can be very serious. Many people that have a heart disease experience discomfort. This means that they experience pressure or tightness in their chest, crushing pain that travels from the back, neck, jaw, shoulders and arms, shortness of breath, cold sweats, dizziness and weakness and nausea or vomiting.

Those with other types of chest pain may experience a sour taste, have trouble swallowing, experiencing pain when breathing or coughing and tenderness when pushing on your chest.

Some heart-related causes are:

  • Heart attack: Results in a blood clot that blocks blood flow to the heart muscles
  • Pericarditis: When the sac surrounding your heart becomes inflamed, which causes a sharp pain when breathing in or laying down

Digestive causes can be:

  • Heartburn
  • Swallowing disorders, gallbladder or pancreas issues

Muscle and bone causes:

  • Sore muscles
  • Injured ribs

Lung-related causes:

  • Collapsed lung

It is best to talk to a doctor to figure out which treatment will work best for you. Some options are artery relaxers, which are tablets under the tongue, as well as aspirin. There are also other types of medications and surgical procedures that treat more serious causes of chest pain.

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