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Conditions Other Than Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Attack That Cause Chest Pain


Conditions Other Than Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Attack That Cause Chest Pain

While chest pain is typical of a heart attack and coronary artery disease, it may also be caused by:

Digestive system problems.

  • Stomach acid moving upward into the esophagus (esophageal reflux or heartburn)
  • Muscle spasm of the esophagus
  • Gallbladder disease
  • A sore in the lining of the stomach or small intestine (peptic ulcer)

Inflammation.

  • Inflammation of the membrane surrounding the lungs (pleurisy)
  • Inflammation of the membrane covering the heart (pericarditis)

Heart, lung, and heart valve problems.

  • A tear in the wall of the aorta (aortic dissection)
  • Narrowing of the aortic valve (aortic stenosis)
  • A blood clot in one of the arteries of the lungs (pulmonary embolism)

Other causes.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn M. Miller, MD - Electrophysiology
Last RevisedApril 4, 2011

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