A pain in your toe, no biggie, right? But a pain chest really gets your attention. It’s one of those symptoms that can be startling and scary. The bottom line with chest pain is that it’s important to figure out why it’s happening, as it can be caused by anything from a panic attack to muscle strain to a heart problem. Most seriously, chest pain can signal that you’re having a heart attack (or that one will happen soon), so make sure to seek emergency medical attention right away, especially if you also feel nauseous, dizzy, or short of breath. The tricky part is that different people experience chest pain from a heart attack in different ways, so don’t wait to seek help—even if you don’t think you’re having “classic” heart attack symptoms. We promise, it’s far better to err on the side of caution! If your chest pain is more chronic, and less episodic—aka it doesn’t really go away—you might have angina, which means that some of your heart isn’t getting enough blood. Angina is a warning sign for heart disease, so it’s important to take any chest pain seriously and seek professional advice—even if it might be from that last chaturanga-heavy yoga session. Chest pain can also be a symptom of heart block associated with Lyme carditis or a condition called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (aka POTS), which affects blood flow. If you’re experiencing chest pain of any kind, don’t panic—but do see your practitioner to find out what's going on.
Recent posts about Chest pain
started having high heart rate + chest pain the past 3 weeks though i’ve had lyme 1+ years. any way to manage these symptoms? my doctor made me go to the ER + i have a heart monitor rn but everything’s come back normal (shocker)
Idk what to do, I’ve been having rapid heartbeats and trouble breathing almost everyday. Went to the doctor and they dismissed it as anxiety. I’m starting to get nervous, it is effecting me very badly and I’m having chest pains as well. I’m not catching a break at all. It’s getting worse and worse by the day. I’m too nervous to go to the hospital
I’m not sure if anyone else has had this happen but the past 4 days i’ve had chest pain that is constant. It feels like someone is sitting on my chest. As a person who has anxiety, its causing me to have panic attacks. I have people who keep saying it’s probably covid 19. Half of them say to get tested and the other half say to stay home :/
feeling major anxiety with bearable chest pain today after taking two antihistamines too close together. spoke to poison control & PCP and they both said i am fine and just anxious. i have been anxious and experiencing this moderate chest pain for 8 hours now. anyone else feel this way for this long in a day?
- Harvard Health Publishing. Chest pain: A heart attack or something else? Harvard Health Publishing. Chest pain: A heart attack or something else?
- Cleveland Clinic. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Cleveland Clinic. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).
- Int J Cardiol. Manifestations of Lyme carditis. Int J Cardiol. Manifestations of Lyme carditis.
- American Heart Association. Angina in women can be different than men. American Heart Association. Angina in women can be different than men.
- Infect Dis Clin North Am. Lyme carditis. Infect Dis Clin North Am. Lyme carditis.