Causes of Chest Pain

Chest pain can be caused by a disorder of the heart, lungs, ribs, esophagus, or other chest structures. Because of the risk of heart attack, and several other life-threatening causes, chest pain should be treated as a medical emergency.

Emotional Causes: Chest pain can be caused by severe emotion:

Cough and Chest Pain: Almost any disorder that causes cough can cause chest pain related to that cough. Read more about: Causes of Cough.

Heart Causes of Chest Pain: The various types of heart condition that may cause chest pain include:

Infectious Lung-Related Causes of Chest Pain: Any type of chest infection or pneumonia can cause chest pain. Various infections that can cause chest pain include:

Read more about: Causes of Pneumonia.

Other Lung Causes of Chest Pain: Various non-infectious disorders of the lungs can cause chest pain:

Esophagus Causes: The esophagus is the tube down which food is swallowed from the throat into the stomach. Disorders of the esophagus may cause chest pain.

Physical Disorders of the Ribs and Chest Region: Pain in the chest can be due to the chest bones or muscles:

  • Chest injury
  • Rib fracture
  • Bruised ribs
  • Sternum fracture
  • Chest muscle strain
  • Chest wall condition (chest wall pain)
  • Intercostal neuritis
  • Intercostal myositis
  • Costochondritis
  • Tietze’s disease (Costochondritis)
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Other Causes of Chest Pain: Various other diseases may cause chest pain:

There are other causes of chest pain. See your doctor immediately for a full diagnosis.

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