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Treating Chest Pain - A Cause For Anxiety?

By Peter James Field on September 17, 2013

Chest pain can be scary, but it doesn't necessarily mean you're having a heart attack. When you know what's really happening then you can take appropriate action, and anxiety levels will be greatly reduced. When it comes to pain in the chest, the cardinal rule is DON'T PANIC.

Often, however, the problem may not be coming from the heart itself. Practically any internal organ in the upper trunk area can be the source of pain, and chest pain may also be radiated from the back, the neck, the lungs or the stomach. The causes of chest pain may very well be non-serious, while other causes may be more dangerous, so it pays to know which is which. But it's always wise to take chest pain seriously.

First, let's get the potentially dangerous chest pain out of the way. This kind of pain is almost certain to warrant calling the emergency services asap. It's the kind that makes anyone observing feel really anxious, too.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms then immediate action needs to be taken:

  • Sudden and persistent chest pain - tightening or squeezing
  • Sharp pain in the chest
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Pain radiating from the left arm, jaw, or from between the shoulder blades
  • Nausea
  • Fainting

Also, if you have already visited your doctor because of heart problems, have been prescribed medicine such as glyceryl trinitrate or nitroglycerin, and experience chest pain that endures for longer than 15 minutes then emergency help needs to be called without delay.

Angina is another cause of chest pain, and is often mistaken for a heart attack because of the similarity of its symptoms. Its full medical name is 'angina pectoris' which means 'tight chest' in Latin.

Unstable angina can occur when the body is at rest, but often the symptoms of angina only occur when exercising, moving quickly or climbing stairs, or when feeling very stressed. Usually, it's caused by something known as 'coronary arteriosclerosis', where the arteries supplying oxygen-rich blood to the heart have become too thick, narrow and constricted.

When the heart is called upon to pump faster then the constricted arteries are placed under real pressure to keep up. Lack of sufficient oxygen causes a painful feeling in the heart, which translates as pain in the chest -- and of course real feelings of anxiety.

Though angina is certainly not a heart attack, it does mean that you should visit your doctor. Treatment may be quite simple, and may involve taking a low dosage aspirin tablet daily, in order to thin the blood. You may be advised to take other tablets, spray, or patches, too. All of these can be prescribed by your doctor, if necessary. Additionally, beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers may be used.

If this does not greatly alleviate the problem then you may be referred to a cardiologist for surgical consideration.

But, of course, prevention is so much better than cure. A few simple life-style changes can reduce the risk of angina and heart attack and also improve your overall health, really lessening anxiety levels. When it comes to avoiding chest pain and increasing heart health, the very best things you can do are to:

  • Reduce -- or better still, eliminate -- animal products and saturated fats, eating plenty of fresh vegetables, as well as complex carbohydrates and some fruit. Ban tras fats -- anything that has the word 'hydrogenated' listed on the table of contents needs to be completely ruled out. Doctors also recommend seriously reducing, or eliminating, all added cooking oil from too.
  • Stop smoking
  • Maintain a healthy weight - slimming down if you are overweight
  • Exercise on a regular basis - 30 minutes at least 3 times a week is good
  • Learn to relax - yoga, meditation, or a good self-hypnosis recording that focuses on helping you become more calm and relaxed can be just the thing here. Hypnosis is great for unwinding and releasing anxiety.

Another cause of chest pain can be because the lungs are not functioning well. Inflammation of the lining surrounding the lungs, or even a blood clot may be to blame. Pneumonia and asthma can also be the cause of pain in the chest.

Digestive problems can also be the cause of chest pain.

Other causes can be shingles or strain of the muscles between the ribs and, once again, anxiety.

If you are experiencing persistent chest pain, it does merit attention, so visit your doctor, follow his or her guidance, and put your mind at rest.

DISCLAIMER: This article is intended for information purposes only and is not meant to replace medical advice. If you are experiencing chest pain be sure to consult your doctor or medical advisor without delay.

Peter Field is one of the UK's leading hypnotherapists. His self-hypnosis for anxiety download is now available .
Information on Birmingham hypnotherapy, and hypnotherapy in Birmingham can be found at Peter Field Hypnotherapists in Birmingham

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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