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what causes chest pain?

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Dr. Ken Starnes
Dr. Ken Starnesanswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Lots of things,: Chest pain causes could range from minor things such as strained muscles or heartburn to serious ones like a heart attack or a pulmonary embolism. It should be checked out by a physician.
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Many things: Chest can be due to some thing very dangerous such as heart attack, a punctured lung, blood clots, pneumonia or even vascular problem. It can also be due to something benign like arthritis or heartburn. It is very important to have this symptom evaluated by your doctor, promptly.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Many things: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation.
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Dr. Christopher Quinn
Emergency Medicine 17 years experience
Many: There are numerous causes of chest pain including: trauma, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, aortic dissection, pneumonia, pleurisy, shingles, muscle spasms, coughing, costochondritis- just to name a few. It's important to see your doctor or go the er if you develop chest pain.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
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Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Many: Many things can cause chest pain, including muscle strain, inflammation of cartilage, infection, blood clot in the lung and heart disease. A doctor will take a complete history, perform an examination and order appropriate tests to sort out the cause of chest pain.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Multiple things: Including but not limited to heart (cardiac) issues, chest muscle strains, rib/musculoskeletal issues/inflammation, acid indigestion causing "heart burn", arthritis in your back affecting the vertebrae where nerve is that innervates your heart, anxiety, etc., etc., So get eval to determine your cause. Good luck.
Dr. Li-Yu Mitchell
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Lots of things: Obviously heart disease (blocked heart arteries), but for someone as young as you that is less likely-- unless there is a very strong family history of early heart attacks. More common --anxiety/panic attacks, acid reflux/heartburn. People sometimes also have chest pain from irregular heart rhythms or some leaky heart valves. You should see your regular doctor to discuss.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Chest pain: There are many causes of chest pain, the heart is one, intestinal gas and thoracic musculoskeletal pains are very common, anxiety and panic attacks likewise are frequent causes. You should always ask the doctors who see you what they think is the problem you came for and what to do about it.
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Multiple: Chest pain can be a symptom of heart disease but may be may other things such as esophageal spasms, great vessel disease, respiratory disorders (asthma, COPD, bronchitis, infections), and muscle problems to name a few. It really depends on the clinical situation and other symptoms you may be having.

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