What are the causes of Chest pain? Dr Malik explains

Chest  pain can have many causes. Although the heart causes are serious, some of the others can also need immediate attention.

Heart causes

  1.  Coronary disease/Angina– Can be fatal
  2. Pericarditis- inflammation around the lining of the heart
  3. Aortic Dissection- a tear in the arteries- Can be fatal

Lung causes

  1. Pneumonia
  2. Pleurisy- inflammation of the lining of the lung
  3. Pulmonary Embolism- a clot in the lung- Can be fatal
  4. Pneumothorax- a collapsed lung


  1. Indigtesion
  2. Acid reflux
  3. Stomach Ulcer

Chest wall

  1. Ribs eg fractures
  2. Cartillages- eg chostochondritis
  3. Muscles- eg torn muscles
  4. Nerves- eg shingles


A thorough assessment may involve ECG, Echocardiography, Bloods, Chest X ray, CT scans.

Posted on 02 October 2021
Author: Dr Iqbal Malik
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