What to Do When You Experience Chest Pain

· April 16, 2015

More than likely, you’ve experienced moments of sudden chest pain. Even though it is generally related to breathing problems, most often caused by shortness of breath, when these types of pain come relatively frequently, you should see a specialist, because it could indicate a much more complex problem, requiring immediate treatment.  Learn more about how to take care of chest pain below.

Getting to know chest pains

If you feel a strong pain that radiates through your back, this is a bad sign.  This could indicate that the walls of one of your veins has ruptured, and you may need immediate surgery.  Individuals that suffer from hypertension should take the most care, because these individuals are at a much higher risk of suffering from these types of complications.

If, on the other hand, you only feel a few stabbing pains in the chest area, this is most likely a muscular pain.  If the pain intensifies when you change position or breathe deeply, this is definitely the cause.  To solve this discomfort, you should take anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants, which will quickly make the problem disappear.

If your pain is more generalized and you feel a little better sitting upright, that means the layer covering the heart is a bit inflamed.  This condition is called pericarditis, and it is caused by fever, nasal congestion, or pain throughout the body.  It is important that you see a doctor quickly.

How do I differentiate between types of pain?

Angina of the chest

Stabbing pain

This pain is caused by an improper use of force in almost all cases, or heavy exercise, which cause caused inflammation in one or more of the muscles.  When this happens, you will experience a stronger pain when you change positions or breathe deeply.  This pain can be alleviated by taking a muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatories, as previously mentioned.

Burning in the chest

This is the most common type of problems and is the cause of a lot of doctor’s visits.  In the majority of cases it is felt incredibly strong, and is related to a gastric problem, which causes heartburn and reflux.  These annoying symptoms generally appear just half an hour after having consumed certain foods that could provoke the condition, like very acidic juices, for example, or heavily seasoned or fatty foods.


Regardless of what’s causing your chest pain, it is important that you pay immediate attention to it.  You shouldn’t wait for symptoms to get worse or for something serious to happen to go see your doctor.  Prevention and early diagnosis are the best tools for finding the healthiest way of living.