In medical practices there are more and more frightened patients who are complaining about chest pains. The worry is understandable because people usually connect pain in the chest with heart conditions. Today, heart conditions as well as cardiovascular conditions are a common cause of death. Despite this fear commonly being unjustified, people tend to be overly careful about it.
Pain in the rib cage can originate from organs positioned inside the cage as well as all of the tissues working in chest cavity build. If the pain appears suddenly, usually after physical or mental stress, a typical cause for such a thing to happen is angina pectoris. This pain appears suddenly, lasting a short while, from a couple of seconds up to several minutes. This Pain Under Left Breast doesn’t have the sharpness (such as toothache for an example), yet it’s felt like pressure or squeezing. The name angina comes from the Greek language, which means “to compress”.
The pain is most commonly spreading into the left half of the rib cage, especially in the left shoulder, being able to appear along the entire arm all the way down to the pinky finger, but it may also be limited to only one segment of the arm such as the shoulder or elbow. The pain can spread into neck, jaw, back and even in the upper part of the belly.
Causes for this pain are usually intensive physical exhaustion such as running, carrying heavy loads or any other type of physical stress. In more difficult cases even the slightest body tension calls for a pain attack. Dressing, shaving, light walks can all cause this pain to occur.
After a bit of resting the pain passes by, lasting up to a couple of minutes. It may stop on its own or it can be stopped with painkillers. If the pain attack is exceptionally strong, lasting more than 15 minutes, then it’s not about short term disturbances, yet a more severe damaging of the heart tissue.
A coronary heart condition is usually what causes this pain to occur, as well as inflammatory heart conditions, diseases of the aorta and lung emboli. Pain can vary based on intensity, frequency and time of the pain being manifested at once. With a stronger intensity of the pain as well as longer time experienced, more severe organ damage can occur.
With diseases related to the aorta such as aneurism or acute dissection of the aorta, chest pains are of higher intensity, with a tendency to spread into the back. All of such patients may be in life danger and need to be hospitalized as soon as possible. Persons with the mentioned symptoms need to look for medical help with a general practice doctor who will be able to forward them to appropriate diagnostic processing and treatment. Along with anamnesis the clinical observation and many other diagnostic procedures are used in discovering causes for the pain to start in the chest – hematological and biochemical blood analysis, RTG of the lungs and heart, tomography etc.