Chest pain can occur suddenly and at any time. However, even though the pain you’re experiencing doesn’t necessarily need to relate to a cardiovascular problem, it is still a symptom which needs to be acknowledged, motivating you to do some additional testing. There is a whole list of issues and causes which may have chest pain as a consequence.
In most cases though, it’s not about a hidden heart issue, but you can’t know this until you visit a doctor. Generally speaking, if the pain in your chest is related to heart issues, it’s followed by symptoms such as pressure and weight felt on the chest, sensation of pain radiating into your back, jaw, shoulders and left arm, short and frequent pain, shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness etc.
If the chest pain is not related to heart issues it’s always accompanied by a feeling of burning right below the middle chest bone, a sour taste in the mouth and a feeling of food re-entering into your mouth, difficulties with swallowing as well as when the pain intensifies if you’re coughing or breathing heavily.
Left or right side chest pain
Some people report chest pain on the left or right side. This doesn’t indicate the location of the source of the pain and might just be a cause of the pain radiating over your chest. When the pain is related to issues related to cardiovascular system, the location of pain seems to deviate and radiate all over your chest.
Heart attack is a consequence of a partial or complete clog of the blood flow through the coronary artery or any veins linked to it and it can happen suddenly, acutely due to thrombosis. Angina is another heart related disease which is characterized by chest pain caused by temporary ischemia (lack of oxygen in the blood). Aorta disorder is characterized when its outer shell separates, causing the blood to reach into the crevice and causing another fake lumen of the aorta.
These are all conditions which may cause you to feel pain in the left or right side of your chest which tends to change its focus. However, chest pain can also be caused by issues related to digestive system, such as heartburn. Heartburn caused pain can spread starting from the stomach or the lower part of the chest towards the neck, usually caused by consuming specific types of food. If you bend, or lie down after a meal, this can cause another type of chest pain.
Of course, chest pain can be related to many other causes. For an example, pain might start if you experience a panic attack. If you’re having issues with chest pain for a long period of time, accompanied by accelerated heartbeat, excessive sweat and running out of breath, anxiety might be causing your chest pain. Rarely, chest related cancer or metastases found in chest may also cause chest pain.
If you feel a new type of pain or can’t explain it on your own, visit a doctor as soon as possible. Don’t waste your time diagnosing the condition on your own as you probably won’t be able to pinpoint it.