Chest pain is the most common symptom in the community for emergency help. Every year millions of people refer to the services with such complaints. A sudden heart attack may be the first symptom to be considered very carefully and urgently. Patients often lead to late onset by identifying chest pain with stomach afflictions and less important etiologic factors.
However, it is known that a heart attack can be transmitted without chest pain. Another common cause of chest pain is panic attacks. Therefore, many patients apply to the emergency services considering that they have had a heart attack. In these patients, it is important to direct treatment after these cardiac causes have been ruled out. Apart from these, there can be chest pain caused by musculoskeletal system, lungs, esophagus and nerves.
Causes of Chest Pain:
Dissection aortic aneurysm:
Other heart-causing conditions leading to chest pain are: Aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation, mitral valve prolapses, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Anxiety and panic attack:
Costochondritis (Tietze syndrome):
Herpes zoster infection:
Postmastectomy and postthoracotomy syndromes:
In conclusion, there are many different factors that can cause chest pain. Treatment approaches are very different. For this reason, it is a suitable approach to start the immediate treatment, especially urgency, by evaluating the character of the pain, the spread and the duration of the pain.