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How chest pains can be an indication of a heart attack or a disease of the heart.

Chest pain can be described or can occur as a feeling of tightness,squeezing,strangling, constriction,burning,fullness in the chest,knot in the centre of the chest,sharp stabbing pains.

Chest pains can be caused by

*Muscle strains.

*Injured ribs.

*Peptic ulcers.

*GERD.

*Asthma.

*Collapsed lung.

*Costochondritis.

*Hiatal hernia.

It can also be a sign of more serious problems of organs like the heart, lungs,esophagus,muscles,ribs or nerves.

Pain caused by a heart attack differs from one caused by a strained chest muscle.

Heart attack also called Myocardial infarction pain causes a feeling of a dull,uncomfortable feeling of pressure at the centre of the chest and may radiate outward to one or both arms,the back,neck,jaw or stomach.

Heart attacks occur as a result of reduced blood to the heart muscle and can result in death of heart muscle cells.


Chest pain caused by a heart attack feels similar to Angina chest pain but heart attack pain is a more severe,crushing chest pain usually at the centre or left side of the chest and is not relieved by rest.

It can also be accompanied by other symptoms such as sweating nausea,shortness of breath and severe weakness.

A sudden feeling of squeezing, tightness or crushing under your breastbone accompanied by a shortness of breath are also signs of an impending heart attack.

It can also be an indicator of heart diseases like

*Coronary Heart disease-a buildup of plaque in the arteries that supply blood to the heart.

*Myocarditis--an inflammation of the heart muscle.

*Pericarditis-an inflammation of the pericardium,a tin two layerd fluid filled sac that covers the outer lining of the heart.

*Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy-a disease whi h causes the heart muscle to grow abnormally thick.

*Mitral valve prolapse-,a condition of the heart whereby a valve fails to close properly.

*Coronary artery dissection-a serious condition caused by a tear in the coronary artery.

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