Pain is a good thing! It’s what we do about the pain that matters. Pain is a warning sign that something abnormal is happening in our bodies; poor posture, infection, heart attack and many others.
Whenever you experience chest pain do not die from FEAR of a heart attack but instead seek urgent professional care. It may not even be a life-threatening cause.
Chest pain is probably the number one pain that sends shivers down the spine of most people; healthcare professionals and laymen alike. We often equate chest pain to a heart attack or heart problem but several other conditions that may have nothing to do with the heart may also cause chest pain. It is important however to seek professional care so that life-threatening conditions such as heart attack and lung conditions such as clots in the lung (pulmonary embolism) and a collapsed lung can be investigated for and managed without delay if the need arises.
Pain that is crushing or burning. Pain that may travel to a jaw or along an arm or moves to the back. A dull ache or sharp stab. Pain worsened by position or pain brought on by exertion or pressing on the chest. Pain worsened by certain foods. All these may describe chest pain.
PRESENTATION OF HEART-RELATED CHEST PAIN
COMMON PRESENTATION OF CHEST PAIN NOT DUE TO A HEART CONDITION
MY PICK OF CAUSES OF CHEST PAIN
COMMON TESTS TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE
Several tests may be carried out after the health professional has asked you questions to determine the likely causes and also examined you.
The list is endless.
MANAGEMENT OF CHEST PAIN
From the earlier list of causes we can imagine that there may be several ways of managing chest pain depending on the cause and may include: Medication, Surgical Interventions and Psychotherapy.
Not all chest pain is heart or lung related. Not all chest pain is life-threatening but all chest pain require a professional evaluation because it is better to check and know it won’t kill than to wait and lose a life.
AS ALWAYS LAUGH OFTEN, WALK AND PRAY EVERYDAY AND REMEMBER IT’S A PRICELESS GIFT TO KNOW YOUR NUMBERS (blood sugar, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, BMI)
Dr. Kojo Cobba Essel
Health Essentials Ltd
*Dr Essel is a medical doctor, holds an MBA and is ISSA certified in exercise therapy and fitness nutrition and is a candidate for corrective exercise certification.
Thought for the week – “although chest pain is commonly attributed to heart disease, many people with heart disease say they experience a vague discomfort for which PAIN doesn’t seem to be an adequate description”