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Other causes of chest pain

Other causes of chest pain
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When you think of a heart attack, the first thing that comes to mind is chest pain.   Although chest pain can be a sign of a heart attack, there are other causes of chest pain, which means you may be having a fake heart attack. Just remember it’s better to be safe than sorry: any time you think you might be having a heart attack, call 000 right away.

If you want to know the difference between a real and a fake heart attack, you should pay attention to any other symptoms that accompany your chest pain. You should also be familiar with your medical history to see if there are any underlying conditions that can also trigger chest pain besides heart trouble. We spoke with an internist and cardiologist who offer their tips for identifying the other causes of chest pain to help you determine whether you’re having a real or fake heart attack.

You have heartburn

You have heartburn
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Severe heartburn symptoms have been behind many a fake heart attack. They can definitely cause you to panic – again, if you have any doubt, call 000. If, however, you aren’t at risk for a heart attack, and you have reason to believe the pain you’re experiencing is from acid in your oesophagus, try taking an antacid. This should soothe the burning pain of indigestion. Monitor your diet and limit or stop eating these foods and drinks that can trigger heartburn or make it worse.

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You have a case of shingles

You have a case of shingles
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Another possible cause of chest pain that may mimic a heart attack is shingles, says internist, Dr Kristine Arthur. Shingles, which are a resurgence of the chickenpox virus in the body, can cause severe pain that radiates around one side of the rib cage. Usually, there is a significant rash too. However, in some cases, it’s so small you may not see it. “You should suspect shingles if the pain follows the line of a rib and if there are any type of skin changes along the area that hurt,” says Dr Arthur. “It is almost always only on one side.”

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You have pancreatitis

You have pancreatitis
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Typically, pancreatitis – inflammation of the pancreas, a long flat gland behind the stomach – causes abdominal pain, but the pain can radiate into the chest, causing you to think it’s heart-related, according to the Victoria’s Better Health Channel. You’ll need a medical workup to determine the cause of the pain, as blood work and medical imaging can help your doctor make the proper diagnosis.

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You’re having a panic attack

You’re having a panic attack
You’re having a panic attack

Tightening of the chest, heart palpitations, sweaty palms, light-headedness – these are all symptoms of a heart attack. They’re also symptoms of a panic attack. If you experience panic disorders, ask your doctor to evaluate your heart health, so that the next time a panic attack occurs, you’ll know what to do. If you have any doubt during such an attack, go to the emergency room.

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You have costochondritis

You have costochondritis
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Another possible cause of chest pain: costochondritis, inflammation of the cartilage that connects ribs to your breastbone. “The pain can be very sharp and hurt if you take a deep breath,” says Dr Arthur. “Although it can be present on both sides, it is usually worse on one side.” A good way to tell if your chest pain may be costochondritis: lift your arms above your head and see if the pain improves. During a heart attack, you will be in pain regardless of motion.

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Source: RD.com

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