Chest Pain Overview
What is chest pain?
A person with chest pain has discomfort in the chest. Chest pain has many causes. Any organ in the chest can cause pain, including the heart, lungs, blood vessels, esophagus, ribs, nerves or muscles. Angina is a term used to describe chest pain that is caused by coronary artery disease.
What are the symptoms of chest pain?
Symptoms that occur with chest pain include arm pain, jaw pain, back pain, cough, difficulty breathing, faintness, weakness, palpitations, nausea, excessive sweating, fever, and wheezing.
How does the doctor treat chest pain?
Treatment for chest pain depends on the underlying cause. Musculoskeletal chest pain may be treated with rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Angina requires treatment with medications that improve coronary blood flow. Chest pain due to pneumonia may require antibiotics.
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