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Chest pain causes in womenProbably everyone’s first association to tightness in the chest and pain is to a heart attack. And while in the majority of cases that is a valid concern, there are many other possible causes of chest pain, particularly in women, and they may or may not be as alarming.

Cardiac causes of chest pain in women

Angina is one of the most frequent causes of chest pain in women and when it causes chest pain, it means that the heart itself is not supplied with sufficient oxygen. This happens due to the excessive amount of cholesterol which is sometimes detained in the artery walls, preventing the blood to circulate as efficiently as it should and causing pain in the chest area.

 A different kind of angina, called Prinzmetal’s angina, has a very similar effect and it basically affects the heart in such a way that it leads to tremors. The thing about this disease is that the tremors aren’t associated with any kind of movement or action, as they happen while one’s resting.  

Another cardiac cause of chest pain in women is called pericarditis. Pericarditis is the inflammation of the lining around the heart which causes pain in the chest by accumulating an excessive amount of fluid around it. This happens when a virus infects the said area around the heart. A very similar condition to pericarditis, which provokes the same symptoms, is called myocarditis, except that it is an infection of the heart itself.

Finally, a condition of cardiac nature that causes the aching in the chest and can, in fact, be lethal, is called the dissection of the aorta. Aorta is the most essential artery of the heart and what happens when this condition occurs is that its walls begin tearing apart letting the blood flow through the rips. This kind of condition requires immediate medical care as it can turn out to be deadly in a very short time period.

Non-cardiac causes of chest pain in women

Although chest pain is mostly associated to issues with the heart, it does not necessarily come from those. Conditions like the inflammation of the bladder, sensitivity and aching in the muscles, respiratory problems, particularly pneumonia, some issues with digestion which can potentially result in heartburn and even conditions which are connected to one’s nerves, like panic attacks, anxiety, and stress accumulation can all lead to chest pain of noticeable intensity. In a very small minority of cases, chest pain can be a sign of cancer.

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