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Heart and CirculationChest pain

Chest pain is one of the most frightening symptoms a person can have. Chest pain can be both life threatening and non-life threatening. It can be due to cardiac and non-cardiac problems and the respective indications include,

Related to cardiac problems:

• Pressure, fullness or tightness in the chest

• Crushing or searing pain that radiates to back, neck, jaw, shoulder and the arms (especially the left one)

• The pain lasts for more than few minutes; comes and goes back and aries in the intensity

• Shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness and nausea

Related to non- cardiac problems:

• Burning sensation behind the breastbone (sternum)

• A sour taste or sensation of food reentering in the mouth

• Trouble swallowing

• Pain that gets better or worse with the change in the body position

• Pain that intensifies with deep breathing or cough

• Tenderness in the chest area

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