Tightness In The Chest

Written by James Lyons
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Many people who experience tightness in the chest think they're having a heart attack. Sometimes, they are having a heart attack and other times they are experiencing a symptom of another problem. Any of the tissues or organs in the chest area can be the cause of chest pain or tightness in the chest.

Your heart, lungs, ribs, nerves, tendons, muscles, or esophagus can all be the source of chest pain and tightness. A bruised or cracked rib can generate a great deal of chest discomfort. Sometimes the muscles that surround the chest cavity experience some sort of trauma that trigger chest pain and tightness in the chest. Oftentimes people pinch a nerve in the chest area which can create symptoms similar to the ones you might experience during cardiac arrest.

When to Consult a Physician

Tightness in the chest should not be taken lightly. There a number of potential causes of chest tightness, none of which should be taken lightly. If you experience tightness in the chest, don't try and give yourself a diagnosis. Seek the care and advice of a professional and have the problem properly diagnosed. In most cases, the doctor will tell you that the tightness is caused by something less severe than a heart attack.

Breathing exercises and light cardiovascular exercise can help alleviate tightness in the chest, especially if the sensation is triggered by stress. Stress aggravates a number of different physical ailments. When I experience high levels of stress, my back tightens up, making it very uncomfortable for me to do anything. For others, stress manifests itself in the chest area, creating tightness in the chest. This is why breathing exercises can help relieve both stress and pain in this area.


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