Chest tightness

Also known as Chest pressure, Dull chest pain, and Chest discomfort

Chest pain may be a symptom of a number of serious conditions and is generally considered a medical emergency. Even though it may be determined that the pain is non-cardiac in origin, this is often a diagnosis of exclusion made after ruling out more serious causes of the pain.

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What causes it?

The most common causes of chest tightness are high blood pressure, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). Other possible causes, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with chest tightness, 72% report having shortness of breath, 59% report having sharp chest pain, and 51% report having cough.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with chest tightness often receive radiographic imaging procedure, electrocardiogram, hematologic tests, plain x-ray, complete blood count, kidney function tests, cardiac enzymes measurement and glucose measurement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with chest tightness include nitroglycerin, adenosine, regadenoson (lexiscan), guaifenesin / hydrocodone / pseudoephedrine, aluminum hydroxide (m.a.h.), eptifibatide (integrilin), charcoal / simethicone, metyrapone, gonadorelin (cystorelin), chlorambucil (leukeran), abciximab (reopro), amikacin and aminophylline .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for chest tightness include . On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get chest tightness.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.3x
15-29 years
0.8x
30-44 years
1.1x
45-59 years
1.4x
60-74 years
1.4x
75+ years
1.4x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
0.7x
White
1.1x
Other
0.9x
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