What are phantom chest pains?

Noncardiac chest pain is defined as recurring pain in your chest — typically, behind your breast bone and near your heart — that is not related to your heart. In most people, noncardiac chest pain is actually related to a problem with their esophagus, most often gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

What is atypical chest pain symptoms?

Some common symptoms of atypical chest pain are: Breathing difficulties. Excessive fatigue. Lightheadedness. Profuse sweating.

What is the difference between atypical and typical chest pain?

Atypical pain is frequently defined as epigastric or back pain or pain that is described as burning, stabbing, or characteristic of indigestion. Typical symptoms usually include chest, arm, or jaw pain described as dull, heavy, tight, or crushing.

How can you tell if chest pain is not cardiac in origin?

Non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) is a term used to describe chest pain that resembles heart pain (also called angina) in patients who do not have heart disease. The pain typically is felt behind the breast bone (sternum) and is described as oppressive, squeezing or pressure-like.

Can chest pain be psychosomatic?

A new study shows that in up to 25% of patients, chest pain is a symptom of a psychiatric disorder, usually either anxiety or depression.

Is atypical chest pain normal?

Common causes for atypical chest pain include gastrointestinal, respiratory and musculoskeletal diseases. It is also not uncommon for people with anxiety or panic attacks to think they’re having a heart attack.

What are the symptoms of atypical angina?

Women may have more of a subtle presentation called atypical angina. For example, in one study of over 500 women who suffered a heart attack, 71% had fatigue, 48% had sleep disturbances, 42% had shortness of breath, and 30% had chest discomfort in the month prior to the heart attack.

What are typical atypical symptoms?

Identified atypical symptoms include fatigue, weakness, numbness or tingling in the upper extremities, palpitations, indigestion, loss of appetite, and confusion. One investigator found that 78% of those experiencing AMI reported feeling feverish or sweaty.

How long does non cardiac chest pain last?

Chest pain can be sharp or dull. You may feel tightness, achiness, or you may feel like your chest is being crushed or squeezed. Chest pain can last for a few minutes or hours. In some cases, it can last six months or longer.

Can overthinking cause chest pain?

When you’re anxious, your brain sends a surge of adrenaline and cortisol through your body. These hormones immediately trigger a rapid rise in your heart rate and blood pressure. As a result, many people experience chest pain and sweating, or have a hard time breathing.

How can you tell the difference between chest pain and anxiety?

Location of pain Both panic and heart attacks cause chest discomfort, but there is a difference. “With a heart attack, pain radiates to other areas like the arm, jaw or neck,” Dr. Miller says. “If it’s a panic attack,” she notes, “pain will typically stay in the chest.”

What increases the likelihood of atypical chest pain?

What increases the likelihood of atypical chest pain presentation?

Six important variables associated with atypical presentation (in descending hierarchy) were prior heart failure, prior stroke, older age, diabetes, female sex, and nonwhite racial/ethnic group.

Can chest pain not be serious?

More often than not, chest pain does not signal a heart attack. A study of emergency room visits found that less than 6% of patients arriving with chest pain had a life-threatening heart issue. Here are some examples of chest pain that usually doesn’t result in a heart attack diagnosis.

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