Chest Pain: When is it dangerous?
Chest pain – one of those pains that trouble us greatly. This is natural, because such pain most of us take for heart problems.
Meanwhile, the chest pain is not always the cardiac (ie, related to the malfunction of the cardiovascular system), they can be caused, for example, osteochondrosis or cold.
However, the feeling of pain “in the left chest,” should not lull yourself: “Yes, just a cold” – to determine the true cause of pain can only be a doctor. The visit to the doctor should be held as soon as possible. If the pain still caused by disorders of the heart and its vessels, the most effective medical assistance will be in the first hour – half.
What kind of pain is cardiac, what – no? As a time to recognize the symptoms? Read carefully – this information will be not excessive.
What should I look for?
If you suffer from the “Left” in the heart, it is important to understand exactly where localized, “nest” pain. By the way, the “heart pain” hurts mostly in retrosternal area and not in the heart, as erroneously believed the majority of patients.
Cardiac pain has its own character:
– Duration – usually more than 1 minute and less than 10-15 minutes. Sometimes the pain is a sinuous pattern.
– As a rule, give the neck, back – interscapulum and left side of the body (shoulder blade, arm), lower jaw. It is strong enough, burning, pressing. Feelings may resemble “granite stone in the chest.”
– May be accompanied by shortness of breath, general weakness, sweating, nausea, and abdominal pain.
– Can occur in the same circumstances: during a brisk walk after a hearty meal, while climbing stairs, even when lying down.
– May occur due to physical or emotional stress and stopped after the load end.
– Can go after taking nitroglycerin (the drug).
Do not think that the pain of, for example, heart burning and so unbearable that it can not be confused with anything. It is not, and cardiologists are constantly faced with the consequences of such errors. In their practice, there are cases where patients who have had a heart attack, visit the clinic only a week after the onset of pain “in the heart” –
because the pain was tolerable, and after taking nitroglycerin passed.
: Be attentive to yourself, do not take lightly to health. If you are worried – consult your doctor as soon as possible. Before the arrival of the doctor can take one tablet of aspirin and nitroglycerin sublingual nitroglycerin or use in aerosol form.
Often people do not seek or apply later than they should, to cardiologists and because no appearance of pain associated with the “heart” problems.
The fact that cardiac pain can be masked and appear atypical pain syndromes. Facing them, people suspect anything, but not the heart. This is especially true with people who have diseases that cause pain, cardiac similar – for example, diseases of the spine. Concrete example, tell the doctor in winter to the clinic asked 67-year-old woman, whose sore left shoulder, the left side of the neck and the left shoulder blade is. Patient associated with the appearance of pain with osteochondrosis of the spine and possible cold – long before she was cleaning the snow. However (remember the main symptoms) pain accompanied by general weakness and partly passed after taking nitroglycerin. The woman was hospitalized, had a number of additional studies that showed the presence of a heart attack.
Conclusion: Myocardial infarction can occur unusual, for example, under the guise of diseases of the spine. Therefore, in the event of a suspected heart problems, it makes sense to have extra checkups in a secure hospital, especially in patients at risk: high blood pressure, smokers who use hormonal contraceptives, over weight, etc.
Of course, the chest pain does not always indicate a terrible disease such as myocardial infarction and can be caused by other factors: the problems of the spine, muscles, chest, etc.
If you work in an office, pay attention to the air flow conditioners. Summer colds, frequent consequence drafts, sometimes give not only the cold, but the pain in the chest – chest “zastuzhivaetsya” cold air.
Another example – cutaneous lichen. This dermatologic disease is often accompanied by symptoms similar to a heart attack.
Conclusion: When the pain before you panic, calmly analyze events of the previous days – go to the doctor. Remember, your health – in your hands. Help you keep it – in the hands of experienced doctors. Therefore, for any pain in the chest makes sense to quickly go to the clinic.
For example, the SM-clinic in the cardiology department of a long and successfully treat all diseases of the circulatory system.