Chest pain should never be ignored, although it may not be caused by a problem associated with your heart or lungs. Chest pain may also occur as a result of problems in your lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs, nerves, or other health issues.
Depending on its cause, chest pain may vary ranging from a sharp stab to a tight, squeezing or crushing sensation. Whatever the causes may be, seeking immediate medical care may be lifesaving.
Here are some possible causes of chest pain which is one of the most common reasons that people visit the emergency room:
Angina – A type of chest pain that occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood flow. The pain may spread to your arm, shoulder, jaw or back.
Myocardial infarction (heart attack) – This occurs as a result of blood clot that blocks the blood flow to the heart and damages heart muscle. Here the pain is more severe and is accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, nausea