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Could major stress cause pain in the area around the heart (below left pec muscles), without having a heart problem? I.E. Just pain, no heart disease?

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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine

In brief: Muscle tension

Stress can cause activation of your sympathetic nervous system, making your adrenal glands release adrenaline and cortisol and aldosterone.
High adrenaline can cause muscle spasms which can contribute to pain. Also chronically high levels of cortisol can contribute to tissue alkalinity, and reductin of tissue magnesium then muscle spams, high aldosterone leads to loss of potassium.

In brief: Muscle tension

Stress can cause activation of your sympathetic nervous system, making your adrenal glands release adrenaline and cortisol and aldosterone.
High adrenaline can cause muscle spasms which can contribute to pain. Also chronically high levels of cortisol can contribute to tissue alkalinity, and reductin of tissue magnesium then muscle spams, high aldosterone leads to loss of potassium.
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