What Does Chest Pain Look Like?

Q:
What does chest pain look like?

A:
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.