6 Heart-Related Reasons You May Be Having Chest Pain

6 Heart-Related Reasons You May Be Having Chest Pain

If you experience chest pain, your first thought might be that you’re having a heart attack. But while that’s certainly a possibility, there are a number of other conditions that cause chest pain. 

Learn to distinguish among them so you understand when you’re having an emergency and when you’re not.

At Advanced Cardiac Care, board-certified cardiologist Dr. Michael Avaricio and our team understand how troubling chest pain can be, and we caution our patients to always take it seriously. But we also know that not all chest pain is a heart attack in progress, which is why they’ve put together this guide on common sources of chest pain.

6 heart-related reasons you may be having chest pain

Heart-related causes of chest pain include:

The pain you feel in your chest differs depending on the underlying cause. With angina in particular, you can have any of a number of different forms. 

With stable angina, chest pain occurs when you’re active, lasts a short time, and is relieved with medication. Unstable angina is chest pain when you’re resting or sleeping, and it lasts longer than stable angina pain. Microvascular angina is severe chest pain during normal daily activities. It may last longer than 30 minutes.

Chest pain can also develop due to problems in other body systems, including your chest and back muscles, lungs, upper spine, esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, and pancreas.

Because you won’t know the underlying source of your chest pain, you should always treat it seriously and make an urgent appointment at Advanced Cardiac Care or go to the ER if you’re experiencing symptoms of a heart attack (see below).

Chest pain’s related symptoms

Pain is unquestionably the most common symptom of a heart problem, but some people experience other symptoms, with or without the pain. Women, especially, have reported unusual symptoms that later were identified as resulting from a heart condition, such as:

Some symptoms that may indicate your chest pain is related to issues other than your heart include:

To learn more about the reasons for chest pain or to make an appointment, contact our office in the Ozone Park area of Queens, New York.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Too Thin or Obese: How Weight Impacts Your Heart Health

Chances are you've heard that being overweight dramatically increases your risk of heart disease. Though not as common, being underweight also affects your heart health. Take a few moments to learn how your weight leads to serious heart problems.

Take These Steps to Prevent Having a Stroke

A stroke, which is a blockage of the arteries leading into or within the brain, can be life-threatening. Learn all about the risk factors and the steps you can take to prevent having a stroke.

5 Causes of Hypertension

Hypertension is called the silent killer, because it produces no symptoms until it reaches a crisis point. Knowing which factors affect hypertension can help you adjust your lifestyle to keep your blood pressure in check.

Understanding the Dangers of Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a circulatory system disease that can lead to life-threatening conditions such as a heart attack or stroke. Keep reading to learn more about the dangers this silent disease causes.

8 Reasons to Get an EKG

If your doctor needs to test your cardiac health, including the structure and function of your heart, an EKG is often the go-to test. Learn why an EKG is a useful tool, even if you’re not having symptoms.