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Chest Pain – Is My Heart at Risk?

by Premier Hospitals | June 20, 2019 |

Pain emanating from the chest area is always viewed with suspicion and fear. Chest pain is usually synonymous with a heart attack. However, as much as chest pain may be a symptom of a heart problem, there are also other possible conditions causing pain in the chest area. Some of these conditions are life-threatening, while some are not so. Earlier, in the 80s and 90s, there was a certain age, crossing which one would have contemplated about experiencing chest pain/heart problem. But, these days, there are instances reported widely in media about men and women in their mid-30s who have succumbed to heart attack, yielding to the stress that they were facing. This displays the disastrous effect that changes in habits (lifestyle), and environmental change have brought about on our health. Diagnostic testing centers in Hyderabad alone have seen a surge in customers opting for cardiac profiles to evaluate their heart function. Let’s get into details to delineate which chest pains are to be worried about and which ones are not. What body parts are located in the chest area? Chest Pain - Is My Heart at Risk? The chest or the upper body also called as thorax, is located in between the neck and the abdomen. It encompasses organs such as heart, lungs, thymus gland, as well as neck and shoulder muscles, ribs and various other internal structures such as the trachea, oesophagus, diaphragm, etc. Several conditions affect the chest area with their most common symptom being chest pain. Internal systems that are available in the chest area are:

  • Respiratory system
  • Circulatory system
  • Digestive system
How to Know My Heart is at Risk: 1) Analyze the causes of pain in the chest area 2) Understand the affected body organs 3) Observe the Signs and Symptoms carefully 4) Ensure early detection of any disease by getting a doctor's opinion Conditions causing chest pain, that are unrelated to Heart: Chest Pain - Is My Heart at Risk?
  • Muscle strain
  • Injured ribs
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Asthma
  • Costochondritis
  • Oesophageal contraction disorders
  • Oesophageal hypersensitivity
  • Oesophageal rupture
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Panic attack
  • Pleurisy
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolism
Some common symptoms associated with Chest pain: Chest Pain - Is My Heart at Risk?
  • In the chest area, chest wall, or spine, one can have muscle or bone problems
  • Lung conditions: Diseases of the pleura, the tissue that covers the lungs
  • Stomach problems, such as ulcers
  • Stress, anxiety, or depression
When can we think that the pain is unrelated to the heart:
  • If the pain is only at a specific point on the chest
  • The pain that lasts for only a few moments
  • When pain is relieved by taking medication
  • The pain gets relieved when the area of the chest is massaged
  • Due to Acid reflux, a burning sensation is caused in the chest.
  • Sudden, intense pain that lasts for several hours, disappears and returns due to gallstones.
Conditions causing chest pain and are related to Heart:
  • Angina: Stable Angina Unstable angina
  • Heart attack
  • Myocarditis
  • Pericarditis
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart valve disease
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Heart disease symptoms caused by heart infections
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Mitral valve Prolapse
Chest Pain - Is My Heart at Risk?

It is advised to approach the emergency or a cardiologist at the earliest when experiencing this type of chest pain:

  • Chest pain at rest
  • Pain not relieved on taking medications
  • Pain lasting longer than 20 minutes
  • Pain that increases in severity with each episode
  • Crushing type of chest pain
  • Pain that is radiating to the neck, jaw, back, both arms or hands
  • Pain associated with breathing difficulty, palpitations, sweating and vomiting
Diagnostic/Investigation studies for ascertaining cardiac conditions:
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Echocardiography (2D Echo)
  • Cardiac enzymes (Trop I, Trop T or CPK/CK-MB)
  • Coronary angiogram
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Coronary CT angiography
  • Holter monitor
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram
  • Myocardial perfusion imaging
  • Electrophysiology study
It is advised to get cardiac profile testing done periodically to ascertain the functioning of your heart. Early detection always has the best results. Heart diseases have a cycle of their own, and development can be seen at a point of time and not always at an early stage. Hence, it is in the best interest of any individual to get their heart function monitored from time to time with the use of diagnostic testing. The earlier they are diagnosed, the better are the chances of treating such conditions by a qualified doctor. And if you need any suggestions regarding your heart Please contact at Premier hospital. Chest Pain - Is My Heart at Risk? Risk Factors of Heart Disease:  There are many risk factors involved in the development of heart diseases. Some of them you can control, whereas others you can’t.
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • High blood cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Stress
  • Poor hygiene
  • Unhealthy Lifestyle
Conclusion: The heart is a body part that does not have the option of relaxing. We all know what relaxation for heart means to us. Considering the high workload of the heart, it is needless to emphasize the importance of keeping the heart fit. To keep a heart healthy and fit, one has to exercise regularly and refrain from any activity that adversely effects the heart such as smoking, tobacco, drinking alcohol, etc. The most common sign related to dysfunctioning of the heart is a pain in the chest area. While, not all chest pains require immediate medical attention, there are some that can be life-threatening. In such cases, It is best to consult a cardiologist or emergency physician as early as possible. One can make use of the diagnostic testing available these days to monitor the functioning of the heart on a regular basis. To know further about the chest pain and heart health checkup packages, please schedule an appointment with us at Premier Hospital. Make your Heart Happy! About The Hospital: Since the inception of Premier Hospital in 1991 till today, we have grown to unprecedented levels, due to our excellence in medical sciences and healthcare. Premier Hospital is the creation of Dr Mahesh Marda and when it was first established, was only a small, 30-bed hospital facility. Back then, we provided only secondary care to patients, but that certainly has changed in the present landscape.