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Does stress cause chest pain?

Does stress cause chest pain?

It Can: Chest pain can be caused by a number of factors that are not cardiac in nature. Physical stress or exercise, for example, can cause costochondritis. (check for pain that is reproducible when pushing on the chest.) emotional stress, anxiety, and panic can also cause acute chest pain that may feel like a heart attack but isn't. See your doctor to discuss symptoms and get a baseline ekg. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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How does stress cause chest pain?

How does stress cause chest pain?

Stress hormones: Stress causes the release of stress hormones which can cause a constriction of the blood vessels of the heart, there is also an accompanying elevation of the blood pressure and in most cases overheating and lack of exercise leading to obesity, increase in blood cholesterol all of which can cause cardiovascular problems. Importantly,avoid stressful situations,eat healthy, exercise and have fun ...Read more

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Does extreme stress and anxiety cause chest pain/stinging?

Does extreme stress and anxiety cause chest pain/stinging?

Yes, it can: Acute anxiety can cause many things including Panic Attacks. These can have a lot of distressing affects on the physical body. These are so serious and distressing that some people go to the ER thinking they are having a heart attack. It is important to learn techniques to prevent the attacks from progressing to that level ...Read more

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Does anxiety and stress cause indegestion/minor chest and upper abdomen discomfort?

Does anxiety and stress cause indegestion/minor chest and upper abdomen discomfort?

It can: You need to see your provider to be examined. Ask for a referral to a therapist - just a prescription for anxiety medication will not be as effective as learning how to avoid, reduce and manage stress and anxiety. CBT can do that. If meds are needed you can have them too. ...Read more

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What can cause chest pain triggered by stress or anxiety?

What can cause chest pain triggered by stress or anxiety?

Many possibillities: Possibilities include muscular pain, cardiac, psychological or stress itself. Go see your dr for an ekg and blood test which will test for diabetes, kidney, liver ailments and cholesterol level. If there's strong family history of heart disease, your dr may recommend a treadmill to rule out coronary artery disease. Take care. ...Read more

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What can cause chest pain during breathing?

What can cause chest pain during breathing?

Anything: 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. ...Read more

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Why does angina cause pain and breathlessness?

Why does angina cause pain and breathlessness?

Lack oxyen: Lack of oxygen causes pain in any muscle when oxygen demand out strips suply . In the legs its called cludication. As for the shortness of breath it can be due to the dysfunction of the left ventricle due to poor oxygen suply. Much like an engine sputters if the fuel line is clogged. Along with heart failure pain and anxiety can also cause shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What can cause chest pain that radiates after eating?

What can cause chest pain that radiates after eating?

GERD: I don't believe it's your heart based on your age.There are a few reasons why this may happen.More commonly, it can be acid reflux.A less common explanation could be esophageal spasms.Do you eat very hot or cold foods?Either way, it's important you check this out w/ your doc to ensure it isn't your heart.If it isn't, you many need an endoscopy to get a better look at your esophagus & stomach. ...Read more

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Does gas cause chest pain?

Yes: Gas, ulcer, esophagitis and other types of gastrointestinal disease can result in pain in the chest which mimics coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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Does extreme stress and anxiety cause heart pain? Can you tell the difference between heart pain and chest pain?

Does extreme stress and anxiety cause heart pain? Can you tell the difference between heart pain and chest pain?

Multiple Causes: 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), muscle problems, or anxiety to name a few. It really depends on the clinical situation and other symptoms you may be having. At your age it is unlikely serious but should see a doctor if things persist. ...Read more

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Can stress cause chest, back, neck pain....And can it cause heartburn?

Can stress cause chest, back, neck pain....And can it cause heartburn?

Yes: Yes, stress can manifest itself in multiple ways in terms of symptoms from gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and other organ systems as well as your energy levels. Stress can can have significant negative impacts if prolonged. You should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause chest pain and heat?

Yes it could: Especially if a consequence of your anxiety is hyperventilation. See a mental health counselor and get your emotions under control. Could we guide you here online via a Concierge visit? ...Read more

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Can stress cause arm pain and pressure?

Can stress cause arm pain and pressure?

Yes: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Does paroxetine cause chest pain?

Does paroxetine cause chest pain?

Not known to: Paxil (paroxetine) side effects do not include chest pain. But they may have in overdose where tachycardia can occur which may itself cause chest pain. ...Read more

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What can cause ribs pain and chest pain?

Chest pain: I always say if you have chest pain you need to go to the emergency department. Especially since you did not give any more information. ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety and stress cause chronic chest pain and body aches ?

Can severe anxiety and stress cause chronic chest pain and body aches ?

Possibly: Our minds deal with stress and anxiety in different ways, one of which is somatization, or converting mental issues into physical ones. The difficulty here is in making sure there is no obvious primary cause. See a good internist or family practitioner and be evaluated. Then, if necessary, a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause constant chest discomfort?

Yes indeed: You are correct - there are anxiety relieving techniques and drugs - speak to your doctor, get a good physical and ask about stress relieving options ...Read more

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Does fibromyalgia cause chest muscle pain?

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia may cause upper chest muscle pain - there are 2 of the paired tender points located in the neck and upper chest area. Other symptoms include -see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibromyalgia#/media/File:Fibromyalgia_symptoms.svg Specific criteria are required for the diagnosis so chest muscle pain by itself would NOT give you the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Good luck ...Read more

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What can cause constant chest pain?

Constant chest pain: well a knife in the chest for one thing, on the other hand there are lots of things which could do this from lung/pleural problems inside, through chest wall inflammation like costochondritis, thru esophageal problems.....lots of potential considerations, need to see a Doc to work through them.... ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more