What Are the Risk Factors and Symptoms of Costochondritis?

Q:
What are the risk factors and symptoms of costochondritis?

A:
Costochondritis occurs most often in women and in people older than 40.

Chest wall pain is a main symptom. The pain associated with costochondritis usually:
Affects more than one rib
Is sharp, aching or pressure-like
Occurs on the left side of your breastbone
Worsens when you take a deep breath or cough

If you have chest pain, you should seek emergency medical attention in case of life-threatening causes such as a heart attack.

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