Chest Pain Upon Waking, Gets Better Soon After

You should not rule out a heart problem if you keep awakening with chest pain that gets better soon afterwards. It may seem odd that a heart problem would cause chest pain only in the morning, but this is no reason to shrug off this symptom. Read more…

Can Chest Pain with Burping Mean a Heart Problem?

If you have burping along with your chest pain, this definitely can mean something’s going on with your heart. A visit to a cardiologist would be smart. Read more…

Chest Pain Only After Exercising Not During?

If you’re having chest pain AFTER exercise, not during the activity, this may still be related to your heart. The older you are, the more likely that any chest pain that’s associated with exercise is due to a heart problem. Read more…

Types of Cancer that Cause Chest Pain

Many cancers, some you’d never even think of, cause chest pain, soreness or aching. Does this mean that next time your chest hurts, you should fear it’s cancer? Read more…

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GERD vs. Costochondritis Symptom Comparison

Here is a symptom comparison pitting GERD vs. costochondritis. “Doctors should, generally, be able to distinguish between heartburn symptoms of GERD and costochondritis,” says Larry Good, MD, a gastroenterologist who’s been practicing for 41 years. He Read more...

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Esophagitis Cause Chest Pain vs. Heart Attack

Uh oh, chest pain from heart attack vs. esophagitis can be “very difficult to distinguish,” says a gastroenterologist. “Esophagitis, inflammation of the esophagus, can cause severe chest pain,” says Gastroenterologist Larry Good, MD,  in practice Read more...

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Sudden Brief Chest Pains: Heart or Other Cause?

What are the odds that sudden brief chest pains mean a pending heart attack or other heart problem like angina? “Very brief chest pain is often non-cardiac, although this complaint requires an appropriate workup for Read more...

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Does Your Chest Pain Improve with Activity?

Can angina chest pain be “cured” or reversed with exercise in the absence of medical intervention? Have you found that your chest pain tends to improve with exercise or physical activity? Perhaps you begin with Read more...

Chest Pain When Coughing, Possible Causes

What can chest pain when coughing actually mean? I’m not talking about chest pain that has an accompanying cough. I’m talking about chest pain that is brought on by coughing. “Chest pain when coughing is Read more...

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Chest Pain Every Day except During Exercise

Chest pain is a very common symptom that can occur every day for benign reasons but also heart related reasons. One condition that can cause chest pain on a daily basis is acid reflux disease Read more...

Pulled Chest Muscle vs. Heart Problem

A cardiologist addresses whether a pulled chest muscle has different features than a heart problem or angina and vice versa. A pulled or strained chest muscle is no picnic to have. It can hurt. And Read more...

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Why Do You Get X-Ray in ER for Chest Pain?

If you go to the ER with chest pain, the doctor will always want to give you an X ray, but just what can this show? One of the first things you’ll get if you Read more...

Acid Reflux Chest Pain vs. How Angina Feels

  Here is a comparison acid reflux symptoms to those of angina chest pain. It’s no secret that a person with chest pain from angina can be misdiagnosed as having acid reflux or some other Read more...

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Chest Pain, Swallowing Hurts: Heart Attack or Esophagus Spasm?

Chest pain with painful swallowing can mean a number of things including heart attack in progress, heart attack in the near future and benign esophageal spasms. About 200,000 people in the U.S. every year suffer Read more...

Chest Pain, Pain/Numbness in Left Arm, Burping

Here is what a gastroenterologist says might explain chest pain, arm symptoms and burping all occurring together. For this article I consulted with Michael Blume, MD, a gastroenterologist at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore. Dr. Blume Read more...

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Mild Persistent Chest Tightness, Urge to Burp

A GI doctor explains what you should do when you have mild ongoing chest tightness, and what the burping with it might mean. “First of all, in any situation where one experiences chest tightness, even Read more...

Pain in Chest when Leaning Forward & Backward

A cardiologist explains the possible causes of chest pain when you lean forward and backward. “Pain in the chest with leaning forward or backward is a symptom commonly associated with pericarditis,” says Chester M. Hedgepeth, Read more...

Can GERD Cause Constant Chest & Back Pain?

Are you wondering (hoping) that your constant chest and back pain is being caused by GERD rather than a heart problem? GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease and is notorious for causing chest pain. “Acid Read more...

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Can GERD Cause Sharp Pain just Below Sternum?

A sharp pain below the sternum is likely to have a cause other than GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). This includes costochondritis (inflammation of the cartilage at the sternum and rib junction), a skeletal muscle spasm Read more...

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How Likely Is a Child’s Chest Pain a Heart Problem?

. Should a parent panic if their child complains of chest pain? How likely could chest pain in a child, especially a young one, be heart related? Yes, children do complain of chest pain, and Read more...

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