What Does Chest Pain Look Like?

What does chest pain look like?

Chest pain can trigger various sensations and result in different symptoms. In most cases, symptoms of chest pain are varied due to distinct causes of chest pain. Here is a list of the signs of chest pain that is associated with different causes:

If you have heart-related chest pain, you may experience one or more of the following signs:

  • Pressure, fullness, burning or tightness in your chest
  • Crushing or searing pain that radiates to your back, neck, jaw, shoulders, and one or both arms
  • Pain that lasts more than a few minutes, gets worse with activity, goes away and comes back, or varies in intensity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweats
  • Dizziness or weakness
  • Nausea or vomiting

It is sometimes difficult to distinguish heart-related chest pain from other types of chest pain. However, if you have chest pain without having heart-related issues, you are more likely to undergo one or more of the following discomfort:

  • A sour taste or a sensation of food re-entering your mouth
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Pain that gets better or worse when you change your body position
  • Pain that intensifies when you breathe deeply or cough
  • Tenderness when you push on your chest
  • Pain that is persistently present for many hours

If you have new, continuous and burning sensations of chest pain or suspect you have a heart attack, call for emergency help as soon as possible.


* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.