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Are all types of chest pain a heart attack?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

There are many organs and structures that live in the heart's neighborhood! any of these can cause chest pain.
These include esophageal and stomach problems (like reflux) and lung problems. Any problems of the chest wall muscles or nerves (like a case of shingles) can cause chest pain. Even the joints along the sternum can become inflamed and cause chest pain, a problem known as costrochondritis.

In brief: No

There are many organs and structures that live in the heart's neighborhood! any of these can cause chest pain.
These include esophageal and stomach problems (like reflux) and lung problems. Any problems of the chest wall muscles or nerves (like a case of shingles) can cause chest pain. Even the joints along the sternum can become inflamed and cause chest pain, a problem known as costrochondritis.
Dr. Michael Fenster
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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Although angina pectoris gets the most attention, the list also includes esophageal reflux, pericarditis, pinched nerve in the thoracic spine, pleuritis, costochondritis, and a number of other things.
Your doctor should be able to sort this out with a thorough history, physical exam, and simple testing.

In brief: No

Although angina pectoris gets the most attention, the list also includes esophageal reflux, pericarditis, pinched nerve in the thoracic spine, pleuritis, costochondritis, and a number of other things.
Your doctor should be able to sort this out with a thorough history, physical exam, and simple testing.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
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