If there is one pain in the world you have to take very seriously, it would be chest pain. Chest pain can be caused by many serious conditions, and it is imperative that you have a medical professional examine you. Especially those over the age of 40 must not be complacent, instead they must be proactive and contact their doctor as soon as possible. It’s not hard to see why chest pains frighten people. You instantly think of your heart! Chest discomfort that feels like something is crushing your chest, or something that feels like your chest is being squeezed are potential symptoms of a heart attack. If the above symptoms are combined with sweating or problems breathing, then there is a large chance you have been affected by a heart attack. Heart attacks come in different levels, not all are life-threatening. Whatever you do, do NOT ignore chest pains. Lives could have been saved if people took chest pains more seriously. If a healthy person is affected by chest pains you can be sure that doctors will treat your situation as an emergency.
There are quite a few causes of chest pains. These include inflammation of the sac that surrounds your heart (this pain is characterised as sharp stinging pains), asthma, and pneumonia. Broken ribs obviously cause chest pain when breathing or coughing. If you haven’t had chest pains before, and you cannot explain why you are affected by them, then by all means contact your GP. If your doctor cannot find any serious problems with your chest it’s unlikely you will suffer permanent damage to your chest. Do keep in mind your doctor’s advice and follow it to the letter, this will speed up recovery.
Jason R. from Utah, US, was hospitalised in 2002 after he suffered serious chest pains while watching a football match. Recently he had read about the risks of heart disease, and immediately felt like he needed to talk to his GP. 2 hours later and he was sitting in front of his doctor. After a thorough examination, the doctor concluded that Jason had strained a chest muscle, the pectoral muscle to be exact. He was very relieved to hear that it wasn’t anything as serious as heart problems. He hasn’t been able to do proper lifting for the next 6 months, but is slowly recovering. By taking action immediately, Jason has prevented permanent damage. 2 days before he had helped his sister move house, explaining the muscle problem.
If you have chest pains, don’t hesitate to call your doctor at once – no matter how serious you think your situation is.