What causes chest pain and related symptoms?

What causes chest pain and related symptoms?
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Dragana Stefanovic and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

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What could be causing chest pain accompanied by tightness, restlessness, nausea, sudden increases in heartbeat even while at rest, along with pain in the left hand and shoulder?




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 1. Possible Causes: Chest pain, tightness, left arm and shoulder pain, rapid heartbeat may indicate heart problems like angina or heart attack, especially if you have a history of angina or use heart or blood pressure medication.

 2. Anxiety or Panic Attack: Restlessness, chest discomfort could indicate anxiety or panic attacks, often with physical symptoms.

 3. Gastrointestinal Issues: Nausea accompanying chest pain might suggest gastrointestinal problems like acid reflux or gastritis.

 4. Musculoskeletal Conditions: Left arm and shoulder pain could stem from muscle strain or inflammation, sometimes causing chest discomfort.

 5. Action Steps: Seek immediate medical attention for severe symptoms, consult a healthcare provider for evaluation including an EKG, consider lifestyle modifications, follow medical advice, and be prepared for emergencies.




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