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Chest Pain on the Left Side Chest pain on the left side is usually thought to be caused by a heart attack.

However, many people experience chest pain that is due to other causes not linked to the heart. While many of these conditions may be serious and can pose a threat to life, some do not constitute a medical emergency. In any case, it is best to seek medical consultation especially if you are in doubt. A chest pain may be characteri ed as sharp or dull, burning, stabbing or aching, or it may be felt as a tight crushing or s!uee ing sensation. "he pain may radiate to the neck, the back or to the upper abdomen. It may last a few seconds or minutes, or may occur on and off for hours or days. "his article will present some of the more common causes associated with chest pain. Causes of Chest Pain on the Left Side Chest pain on the left side may be caused by problems of the heart, lungs or other organs and structure located in this area. 1. Heart Problems "he most common heart problems that cause chest pain include# Angina. Chest pain caused by a blockage in blood vessels of the heart is due to the reduction in blood flow, which deprives the heart of its oxygen supply. "he pain may spread to other parts of the body such as the $aw, arm, shoulder, and back. %ou may feel s!uee ing or pressure in the chest and this may be triggered by emotional distress, excitement, or exercise. "he chest pain is usually relieved by rest. Heart attack. &ignificant reduction of blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart causes the muscle cells of the heart to die. A chest pain during a heart attack is more severe, and the crushing pain is accompanied by nausea, sweating, and severe body weakness which is not relieved by resting. Myocarditis. Inflammation of the heart muscles may cause chest pain, fever, difficulty in breathing and fatigue, resembling that of heart attacks. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Heart disease can cause thickening of the heart muscles, leading to heart failure. "he heart works harder to pump the blood, but fails to deliver it to the body, causing not only chest pain, but also di iness, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and many other symptoms. Mitral valve prolapse. When the heart valve fails to function properly, chest pain on the left side may be experienced, accompanied by other symptoms like palpitations, lightheadedness and di iness. However, when the condition is mild, you may not experience any symptom. . Lung Problems "he most common lung problems that cause chest pain include# Asthma. Inflammation of the airways is a common disorder that causes chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing whee ing, and at times, chest pain. Pleuritis. Inflammation of the lung linings can cause a sharp chest pain, which occurs when breathing, coughing, or snee ing. Causes of chest pain due to pleuritis include viral or bacterial infection, pneumothorax, and pulmonary embolism. Pneumonia!lung abscess. 'ung infections cause chest pain, which is described as a deep aching pain. (neumonia can develop suddenly and may be accompanied by cough, fever, and chills. (us may be coughed out from the lungs. Pulmonary embolism. "his occurs when a blood clot from a distant location such as the legs is carried by the blood and gets stuck in the lungs, leading to acute pleuritis, difficulty breathing, and rapid heartbeats. )ever and circulatory shock may occur. (ulmonary embolism occurs as a complication of deep vein thrombosis, which may be due to prolonged immobility. Pulmonary hypertension. High blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs causes the right side of your heart to work harder, leading to chest pain which resembles angina.

". #astrointestinal Problems "he most common gastrointestinal problems that cause chest pain include# #$%&. Also known as *astroesophageal +eflux ,isease, this condition occurs when your stomach acids move backward towards the throat, causing chest pain, which is often regarded as heartburn. It is also accompanied by a sour taste in your mouth and may be triggered by smoking, eating fatty or spicy foods, pregnancy, and obesity. Peptic ulcer. (ainful sores may occur in the stomach and small intestine, causing vague, recurring upper abdominal pain, which may radiate to the chest. "his condition is common among people who take painkillers, smoke or drink alcohol often. (ain is often relieved by eating or taking antacids. Hiatal hernia. "his is a common problem that occurs when the top portion of the stomach is pushed into the left lower chest especially after eating. "he chest pain on the left side gets worse when lying down. Pancreatitis. (ain in your lower chest that becomes worse when lying flat and gets better when leaning forward may be due to an inflammation of the pancreas. #allbladder problem. Chest pain, right upper abdominal pain or a feeling of fullness whenever you eat a fatty meal may be due to a gallbladder problem. '. (one) Muscle) or *erve Problems -ther common causes of left.sided chest pain include# %ib fracture. "rauma or rib in$ury can cause chest pain that may worsen with coughing or during deep breathing. "he pain is usually confined to an area which may feel sore when pressed. Inflammation of the area where ribs attach to the breastbone may also cause chest pain. Muscle strain. &ometimes hard coughing can cause inflammation of chest muscles and tendons between ribs, causing chest pain. "he pain may persist and becomes worse with activity. Shingles. "his is a late complication of chicken pox, which is caused by varicella oster virus. It produces sharp, band.like chest pain which precedes the appearance of a rash. +. ,ther Potential Causes Chest pain may be brought about by severe anxiety or panic attacks. It may be accompanied by palpitations, di iness, shortness of breath, tingling sensations, and trembling. -hen to See a &octor /ot all chest pain on the left side is due to a heart attack. Although you may have mild symptoms that may go away without immediate treatment, call a doctor especially if you experience other symptoms. %ou may also need a medical evaluation if your symptoms persist or get worse. Call your doctor immediately if you have chest pain And you are responsible for others0 lives 1Are you a bus driver, pilot, or child caregiver23 And it is not relieved by medicine, or it occurs even with little activity or at rest )or the first time and symptoms are similar to those of angina or heart attack. 'et the doctor know if are at risk for heart disease, such as having a personal or family history of heart attack. -hen to Call .11 Call emergency medical services if you have symptoms of a heart attack that last longer than five minutes. Always call for emergency care if you have the following symptoms# Crushing pain or s!uee ing sensation in the chest &hortness of breath &weating /ausea4vomiting Chest pain spreads to the $aw, neck, shoulder or arm ,i iness4lightheadedness )ast4irregular pulses

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Causes and /reatments of Sternum Pain


Although pain in the sternum is listed as being a common symptom of chest pain, you should bear in mind that this kind of pain is completely different to the one felt from angina or cardiac.related chest pain. 1. Costochondritis Symptoms0 "his is a condition characteri ed by inflammation of the $unction where your upper ribs and cartilage $oin. &ymptoms include reproducible tenderness each time the $oints of your ribs are pressed, chest pain that is aggravated when there is movement and sharp pain at the front of your chest wall. %ou will also reali e that the pain keeps getting worse each time you cough or take a deep breath. "herefore, this pain can also mimic pain caused when a person is suffering from a heart attack. /reatments0 5se conservative local ice or heat to relieve symptoms. 5se naproxen 1Aleve3 or ibuprofen 16otrin, Advil3 for inflammation reduction and avoid unnecessary activities or exercises because they tend to worsen the symptoms. . Pleurisy Symptoms0 (leurisy can be caused by inflammation of inner walls of the chest consisting serum 1pleura3, and many other chest and lung conditions. Chest pains each time you breathe and feel no pain between breathes, dry cough, shortness of breath, chills 7 fever and appetite loss. /reatments0 "reatment depends on the underlying cause. )or example, if the condition has been caused by pneumonia, antibiotics will be used to treat the infection. %ou can also use some -"C anti.inflammatory medications to relieve the symptoms and signs. %ou should also get lots of rest and lie on the side causing the pain. ". Sternoclavicular 1oint 2n3ury Symptoms0 6ild or severe pain can be caused to your sternum when this $oint experiences trauma but all this depends on the in$ury severity. "o be more precise, if your &C $oints are dislocated, either on the posterior or anterior, it may result in serious sternum pain. /reatment0 Immobili ation of pain medication, sling and ice can be used to treat the in$ury. "here are, however, operative treatments that can be conducted although they are not common. '. Collarbone /rauma Symptoms0 %our collarbone is situated at your chest0s top portion, between the scapula and sternum. "his kind of trauma is common and in most cases happens at birth caused by a fall or an accident experienced and can cause pain in your sternum. /reatments0 %ou should visit your doctor immediately for appropriate diagnosis and further treatment. However, the pain that came as a result of collarbone trauma can be treated by having the bone correctly fixed. +. Sternum 4ractures Symptoms0 "his kind of fracture is as a result of a fracture of the breastbone caused by physical trauma. &ternum in$ury is only possible if it has been hit directly by a hard ob$ect using a lot of force. "he sternum fracture may leave it in pieces thus causing a lot of pain. /reatments0 %our doctor may prescribe analgesics which are anti.inflammatory non.steroidal medications and opiates. %ou will also be restricted from physical activity for some weeks.

5. Sternum 2nflammation Symptoms0 "hey include tenderness upon pressing your rib $oints and sternum. When you also feel pain in your 8th, 9th and :th rib and the pain increases with every movement you make or when you breathe. "he pain also eases when there is no movement. /reatments0 Warm or ice compresses are applied to the inflamed site. %ou can also use anti.inflammatory medications like ibuprofen. %our physician can also prescribe cortisone in$ections. When under treatment, take a lot of rest and avoid unnecessary actions to help heal fast. 6. ,ther Causes -ther causes of sternum pain are in$ured ribs, breast and bone cancer, excess exercising, overstraining the chest portion muscles and osteomyelitis. If the pain you experience is accompanied by the formation of mass in the area, then there is a possibility that you are suffering from a severe condition known as chondrosarcoma. -arning0 It is very important that you check your symptoms carefully for further diagnosis or treatment. It is also advised that you seek medical advice from your doctor because the causes of sternum pain that have been listed here may not be comprehensive, and only your doctor has the capability of knowing the underlying cause thereby provide appropriate professional help. -hen to See a &octor &eek immediate medical help if the severe pain you are experiencing is accompanied by difficulty in breathing and arm or $aw pain. "he chest pain could be a sign that you are suffering from a heart attack. Also, consult your doctor if you have fre!uent heartburn, difficulty swallowing and persistent symptoms even after taking -"C medications. If you find it hard to breath, have high fever, see infection signs like puss, redness 7 swelling, don0t hesitate to call your doctor. $7ercises to 2mprove &ry $ye &isease 'et;s warm up !uickly with a focus change exercise. Hold one finger two inches away from your eyes. )ocus on that finger as you move it away from your face slowly. /ow, focus far into the distance for a few seconds and then back to the finger. &lowly bring the finger back to within < inches of the eye. )inish by staring at something in the distance for a few seconds. ,on;t cheat, like any exercise, you should do three reps for optimal results.

/ext, raise the eyes upward diagonally to the right. "hen, stretch them diagonally downward to the left. Continue this motion back and forth ten times or more. depending on your experience with eye exercising. "ired2 &o yawn= %awning produces tears, naturally. As you yawn, you s!uee e the lacrimal ducts in the eyes, inducing moisture. "ry yawning a few times when your eyes are feeling particularly dry. >asy enough, right2 Alright, troops drop down and give us <?= >ye pushups are a great way to activate your tear ducts and relieve dry, strained eyes. &tart by staring at a far away ob$ect for about <? seconds. "hen, ga e at something much nearer to you for <? seconds. *o back and forth with this for at least 9 minutes. (alming exercises for your eyes are great, too= 1/ote# if you wear contact lenses, take them out prior to doing this one=3 +emember to close your eyes or s!uee e them shut occasionally when you do not need to see. )or example, s!uee e your eyes shut tightly for 9 seconds while you;re chatting on the phone, or sitting on the bus. &tart with @? reps=