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Not all chest pains are heart attack

Chest pain can be a symptom of a serious disease, often heart attack, but can also be completely psychogenic origin as a result of stress.

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When chest pain occurs, it is necessary first of all to exclude organic causes.

Prejudice is that the heart does not hurt. Heart hurts if there is a problem.

Organic causes of chest pain can be very serious and the less serious.

Serious causes are acute illness. Frequently it comes to heart attack, pulmonary embolism, and the so-called dissecting aneurysm of the aorta. These are the conditions in which they must quickly reach a diagnosis and begin treatment promptly. If this is not done, it can lead to immediate death of the patient.

There are other conditions, less serious.

This pain is caused by a narrowing of the blood vessels that feed the heart, causing angina pectoris occurs. If it is not there do not ask the right diagnosis, the risk of emergence of heart attack.

From causes related to heart, there are adhesions pericardial sac, then prior myocardial disease of the heart muscle and pericardium. All this should be treated.

There are other conditions that mimic disease of the heart and cause chest pain, such as diseases of the esophagus and the stomach or rheumatological problems related to the spine. Also, pain in the chest can give an inflammation of the pancreas, gallbladder and stomach ulcers. Finally, the breasts can cause pain due to lung cancer or assembled pleura.

When all organic causes are excluded, cardiologists, internists, and other specialists, a patient is sent to a psychiatrist or psychologist for therapy cause it’s seen a psychogenic factors.

Very rarely, at patient is recognize a psychological cause of chest pain. People usually think that there is something wrong with the heart or lungs, and there look for the causes, it is logical that it should first do.

However, when it is determined that the man is organically healthy, and pain exist, then his psychiatrists usually prescribe tranquilizers.

In this way, it solves the problem of acute symptoms often vanish. However, if a man is only at this stop, the pain can not return because the cause is not resolved. A cause is usually chronic stress. This stress not only causes poverty, the care for the job and a family, are commonly thought. And people of good financial situation may be exposed to chronic stress.

Psychotherapy helps to reduce pain and thinning, and what a man can do for yourself is to be displaced from the environment where it is exposed to stress.

Possible causes of pain
The most dangerous …

  • Heart attack
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Dissecting aortic aneurysm

and less dangerous …

  • Angina pectoris
  • Adhesions pericardium
  • Disorders of the heart muscle and pericardium

Of which more chest can hurt

  • Diseases of the esophagus and the stomach
  • Rheumatological problems related to the spine
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Inflammation of the gallbladder
  • Ulcer
  • Lung tumor
  • Plastered pleura
  • Psychological problems


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