The thoracic or chest cavity is the chamber that contains several important organs in the body. It contains organs like the lungs, heart, vagus nerve, thymus gland and the oesophagus. It is therefore important to note that, the moment you experience chest pains, one of the organs that is found in the chest might be one way or the other having a problem.
Seeking for medical intervention as early as possible will reduce the risk of potential complications. There are several factors that contribute or lead to chest pains. It is important or expedient to know the exact or underlying cause to be able to treat.
Causes of Chest Pains
As stated earlier, chest pain can be related to so many factors because of the organs that are located at the region. The following are some underlying factors or precursors for chest pains;
Asthma is one of the causes of chest pains. If you have asthma, you may experience several symptoms including chest pain or tightness. Persons who are known asthmatic know that particular symptom but it becomes strange to those who get it for the first time. This is to say that, one may have asthma without knowing or realizing it so the moment you experience chest tightness, report as early as possible. Remember asthma is related to the lungs which is located at the chest.
2. Gastroesphageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
The stomach contains acid (gastric juice) that is responsible for digestion of food we eat. In cases like GERD, the acid in the stomach flows back to the oesophagus anytime you eat. When such happens, it irritates or damages the lining of the oesophagus which is followed by severe chest pains. There is a burning sensation in the chest and it happens mostly after eating.
3. Heart Conditions / Diseases
Most at times, having severe chest pains can be as a result of heart attack. One symptom of heart attack is chest pain and it is very serious. Again, some heart conditions like cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle) or Myocarditis (Inflammation of the heart muscle, specifically the myoccardium) can cause chest pains. When the blood flow to the heart reduces (Angina) there can also be chest pains.
4. Inflammation of the Lungs
When the membranes of the lungs become inflamed, there is the possibility of developing chest pains. Pneumonia is another disease of the lungs that causes chest pains. It is associated with cough.
What should I do?
Since there are countless conditions that are associated with chest pains, it is important not to self medicate but rather seek early health care. The important thing is to locate the underlying cause. If it is asthma, doctor will put you on medications known as bronchodilators that will decrease the resistance in the respiratory airway and increase airflow to the lungs.
If it is GERD, doctor will put you on antacids to relieve the pain. Cardiologists will come in when it is related to the heart. Pulmonologist will also attend when it has to do with the lungs and conditions associated to it.
There are several conditions that bring about chest pains. Visit the nearby hospital as early as possible so that the case will not aggravate.
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