Chest Pains

Written by James Lyons
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One of the most prevalent reasons people call the emergency room is chest pain. Around four million people visit the emergency room every year because of chest pain. In most cases, those people who visit the emergency room because of chest pain aren't having heart attacks. In fact, their chest pains oftentimes have nothing to do with the heart.

Causes of chest pain are numerous. The location of the pain and the type of pain will help you and your doctor determine its cause. The most common cause of chest pain is called chest wall pain. With this type of chest pain, the discomfort arises from the muscles, nerves, joints and bones that make up the chest wall. The pain is typically sharp and soreness or tenderness often emerges where the pain is located.

Causes of Chest Pains

Heart pain and lung pain can also cause chest pain. With the former, it's imperative that you call a doctor immediately. Chest pain that stems from the heart is usually characterized by a feeling of tightness in the chest that eventually runs into the arm, neck, jaw, and/or shoulder. If you feel tightness in your chest and instantly feel faint, weak, or short of breath, call 911.

There are a number of other causes of chest pain including problems with the lungs, esophagus, and stomach. In all cases, proper breathing can help you curtail chest pain. Certain breathing exercises will help you enhance your body's circulation, which promotes overall systemic health. Seek a breathing professional if you are experiencing chest pain of any kind.


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