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Causes Of Substernal Chest Pain
Would one typically be able to tell the difference between substernal and non substernal chest pain?
Substernal...: ...Just means "under the breastbone." if that's where the pain is, it's substernal; if off to the side, or feels superficial, then it's not. ...Read more
Is substernal chest pain and pain above the breastbone easy to differentiate? Meaning is it blatantly obvious if it is below or above during pain?
Chest pain is: Seldom easy to differentiate with complete history & exam +/- testing. ...Read more
I have been having substernal chest pain for the past 3 days. I have no other symptoms except for tightness and pain in my chest. Help please?
Go To ED : Those symptoms are the concerning for acute coronary syndrome. It would help to risk stratify based on your age, family hx, smoking status, hx of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or previously DX artery dz. With the information given, however, i can only assume you are high risk. If not acs, this may be onset angina pectoris, gastroesophageal reflux, gastritis or esophagitis. ...Read more
Many: There are many things that can cause chest pain, but usually it is acid reflux, arthritis of the ribs, anxiety, & much less commonly hardening of the arteries or inflammation of the heart coverings = pericarditis, tumors, splitting apart of the main outflow blood vessel of the heart = aortic dissection. Get checked out by your primary care doctor or a cardiologist. Hrs, md www.Thepmc.Org. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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