Saturday, February 23, 2008

Chest Pains, What Do They Mean ?

Chest discomfort or pain is the main warning of a coming heart attack. The symptoms of a heart attack includes chest discomfort or pain that is crushing and squeezing or feels like a heavy weight on the chest. This is accompanied by sweating, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, lightheadedness or a feeling like you are going to faint, a fast, slow or irregular heartbeat. The pain also spreads from the chest to the back, neck, jaw, upper abdomen, or one or both shoulders or arms. Usually, the left shoulder and arm are more commonly affected.

However, not all chest pains always mean something is wrong with the heart. Some discomfort or pain, especially those who are younger than 40, can have many causes. Some are called chest wall pain. This condition is when you experience pain in the muscles or bones that results from increased physical activity. That's why it is important that you consult your doctor first before taking any medication if you have an on and off chest discomfort so the right treatment will be administered.

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