Any kind of chest pain usually causes some concern in the people that are affected. This is actually a proper reaction. Your pain may end up being something rather innocuous but it is best you monitor the situation, and be prepared for more risky situations. Pain in the upper left chest area is often regarded as a side effect of a heart attack. Hence being informed of cases in which the situation requires immediate medical attention from a professional is of vital importance.
The fact is that millions of Americans end up in the emergency department of hospitals almost every year with chest related issues. They are often there because they thought they were experiencing a heart attack. This is only true for about 20% of the cases. Diagnosing a heart attack isn’t an easy thing to do because of the way different people experience an heart attack in different ways. Pains vary from chest pain to problems breathing, or feeling very tired, and some people experience nausea. Jaw pain has also been reported as pain associated with heart attacks. Other signs of a possible heart attack can be :
- a feeling of fullness or tightness in the chest area
- shortness of breath
- weakness of the body
- tiredness that cannot be easily explained
- differences in temperature, cold sweat or heat
As mentioned before, there are many additional possible signs of a heart attack associated with pain in the upper left chest area. Whilst certain people may experience a feeling of burning in their chest area, others feel light headed. Don’t take any risks, if you feel that you require medical attention then seek it. Chest pains are something to be taken seriously, and should not be ignored like it’s an achy foot. Please note that self-diagnosis is not recommended in any circumstance involving chest pain. If you are unsure, consult a doctor!
A common condition that has similar symptoms to heart attacks is angina. Angina usually occurs after physical activity, and should have passed after a few minutes. Angina is caused by a restriction in the flow of blood to the heart. This restriction is the result of a narrowing of one of the arterties that supplies the necessary blood to the heart muscle. An oxygen deficiency will result in chest pains developing. How to differentiate angina from an heart attack? As noted above, angina passes after a few minutes and is comparatively mild – and is often caused by physical activities. Medication will not have an effect on heart attacks, but will alleviate the pain of angina.
We would like to end this article with some common causes that could explain your upper left side chest pain. Anxiety, a pulled muscle or heartburn are all quite common causes and might explain the problems you are experiencing.
Harvard Medical School