Reasons Why You Have Left Chest Pain

Health / Life

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Chest pain may be experienced in many forms, such as dull ache or a sharp stab kind of pain. Sometimes, the pain feels like burning or crushing your chest or the pain travels to the jaw, neck, and then down to the arms. There are various causes of chest pain and the most-life threatening ones involve the lungs or heart. Since this kind of pain may be a symptom of a serious problem, an immediate medical help is necessary.

Human Heart Beating: What is the Normal Heart Rate?

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How fast a human heart beats depends on the body’s need for blood that is rich in oxygen. The normal heart rate will depend on the person’s heart conditions, body size, age, or whether the person is moving or sitting.

At rest, the heart’s natural pacemaker or SA node causes the heart to beat 50 to 100 times per minute. However, a well-trained athlete may also have a resting heart rate of 40 to 60 heart beats per minute. During excitement and activity, the human heart beating is different because the body will need more oxygen-rich blood to the heart rates also rises. It can increase by up to 100 beats each minute. Some medical conditions and medications may also affect the heart rate with exercise and at rest.

What Causes Left Chest Pain?

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Chest discomfort, in general, may be related to a heart problem or heart attack. It may also be associated or described by one or more of the following: 

-Vomiting or nausea
-Fullness, pressure, tightness, or burning in the chest
-Shortness of breath
-Cold sweats
-Weakness or dizziness
-Searing or crushing pain that radiates to your shoulders, jaw, neck, back and one or both of the arms.

There are also low-risk causes of left chest pain, such as anxiety, inflammation in the cartilage surrounding the ribs, pulled muscle, rib bruise, bronchitis, asthma, or a hiatal hernia or when the stomach pushes through the diaphragm opening.

What are the Reasons Behind Right Chest Pain?

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Right chest pain rarely mean a heart issue, but it does not mean that it isn’t serious. Some of the causes of chest pain on the right side include 
-a broken or bruised rib, 
-torn chest muscle
-gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, lung, and liver issues
-inflammation surrounding the lung
-a blood clot in the lungs
-heartburn or digestive issues, such as GERD and IBS

Knowing the exact location of the pain in your chest and relaying this to the nurse or doctor is necessary because it can greatly help the doctor to determine the real cause of the pain and to quickly resolve the problem before it ends up as a serious health concern.

Woman Left Chest Pain: Why is it More Common in Women than in Men?

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Studies differ, but there are some who suggest that woman left chest pain is more common compared to men. This is because physicians and women may just consider the symptoms of chest pain as anxiety and somehow dismiss them.  Yet, the risk factors include high blood pressure, family history of having heart disease, age, obesity, smoking, and high cholesterol.

Breathing Left Chest Pain - Why Does Your Chest Hurts When You Take a Deep Breath?

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Inflammation of the chest or lining of the lungs may result in breathing left chest pain or pain when the person coughs or takes a deep breath. Usually, this kind of pain is very sharp.

Pneumomediastinum, a condition that happens when the air leaks from the part of the airway or the lungs into the middle of the chest. It can be caused by a disease or traumatic injury. As such, the patient fees pain below the breastbone, radiating to the neck or arms. This pain could also worsen when the person swallows or takes a deep breath.

What’s Causing Your Chest and Arm Muscle Pain?

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Chest and arm muscle pain may be caused by anxiety or stress accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, numbness of feet and hands, heart palpitations, dizziness, and vertigo. The other causes are the muscle strain, trauma to the chest, heartburn or indigestion, acid reflux. Also included are Costochondritis, Cholecystitis, and Pancreatitis.