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What causes chest pain? 84 possible conditions

Chest pain is one of the most common reasons that people visit the emergency room. Chest pain varies depending on the person. Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

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Heart Attack Overview

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A clot blocks the blood flow to the heart (heart attack), and damages heart muscle. Symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, and a blue or grey tinge to the skin.

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Angina Pectoris

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Learn about stable angina and what causes it. Find information on stable angina symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment.

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3

Types of Acid Reflux

Acid reflux symptoms are caused when stomach contents flow up from the stomach back into the esophagus, causing symptoms like heartburn, stomach pain, and burping.

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4

Unstable Angina

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Angina is a condition marked by a crushing pain in your chest. It is due to inadequate blood supply to your heart muscle, which deprives your heart of oxygen.

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Heartburn

Heartburn is a burning sensation in your chest that often occurs with a bitter taste in your throat or mouth. The symptoms of heartburn may get worse after you eat a large meal or when you're lying down. In general, yo...

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6

Chronic Bronchitis

Learn about the causes and treatment of acute bronchitis.

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7

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. General symptoms include chest pain, fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

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8

High Blood Pressure Overview

High blood pressure (hypertension) increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease, and other serious health problems.

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9

Lung Cancer Overview

There are two main types of lung cancer: non-small cell and small-cell. Learn about how these lung cancers are caused, your treatment options, and more.

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10

Costochondritis (Tietze's Syndrome)

Costochondritis an inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage. Learn about costochondritis symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

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11

Peptic Ulcer

Peptic ulcers are painful sores in the lining of the stomach, esophagus, or small intestine. Peptic ulcers are a fairly common health problem.

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Abnormal Heart Rhythms

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

An abnormal heart rhythm is when your heart beats too fast, slow, or irregularly. This is also called an arrhythmia. Within the heart is a complex system of valves, nodes, and chambers that control how and when th...

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13

Hypertensive Heart Disease

Hypertensive heart disease refers to heart conditions caused by high blood pressure. Possible signs of acute hypertension include sweating and chills.

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14

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder tied to widespread pain in your muscles and bones, areas of tenderness, and fatigue. Learn about its symptoms, treatment, and more.

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15

Cor Pulmonare

Cor pulmonale is a condition that most commonly arises out of complications from high blood pressure.

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16

Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever is a complication of strep throat. If it's left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to your heart. Find out about symptoms and treatment.

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Anemia

Anemia happens when the number of healthy red blood cells in your body is too low. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all of the body's tissues.

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18

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition in which your heart muscle is thicker than normal. It can interfere with your heart's ability to pump blood.

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19

Hyperlipidemia

Cholesterol is a natural substance, but too much of it can clog blood vessels and lead to heart attack or stroke. High cholesterol levels can also cause yellow deposits in the eyes or in tendons.

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Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a highly infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs. Read more on whom it affects and how to treat it.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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