Left Chest Pain Accompanied By Shortness Of Breath?
Good evening I want to ask, My left chest aches and I have difficulty breathing, this morning I have an EKG and the results are fine, but the examination is done when the chest is no longer painful, do I have to double-check or what ?? And tonight my chest feels tight, and when it’s made take a deep breath my chest hurts
Hello Trisna Wati's Holy Destri,
Chest pain can be caused by a heart attack (myocardial infarct). Chest pain that is typical of heart attacks generally has the following symptoms:
Chest pain is felt in the left chest or behind the sternum bone (middle bone of the chest). Pain can spread to the left arm or to the neck and jaw
Chest pain such as feeling attached or pressed by heavy objects
Chest pain generally appears after activity, in severe conditions can occur even while resting
Pain lasts> 15 minutes
Complaints can be accompanied by: shortness of breath (difficult breathing), excessive cold sweating, convulsions, to decreased consciousness
However, chest pain is not always caused by a heart attack. There are many organs and tissues located in the chest area. The lungs can be found in the chest, heart, blood vessels, muscles, bones and cartilage, and breasts. Abnormalities in these tissues / organs can cause pain.
Some of the causes of left chest pain other than a heart attack are:
Gastric acid disease (GERD)
Tension of the chest muscles
Inflammation in the breast
Cardiac abnormalities: myocarditis, pericarditis
To determine the right diagnosis of left chest pain, direct history is needed (asking about clinical symptoms and patient history), physical examination, and supporting examinations such as electrocardiography (heart record), treadmill test, chest x-ray, blood examination, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, endoscopy. In a heart attack, ecg that is generally performed during an attack can show abnormalities, even after the phase of a heart attack through changes in the picture of a typical heart record can still be observed in ECG.
Management of left chest pain will certainly be adjusted to the underlying disease. If it is caused due to an infection in the lung or lung sheath, or an infection of the heart, treatment is needed such as antibiotics of a certain duration. In addition to drugs such as corticosteroids, pain relievers also need to be given. Patients with gastric problems may need gastric drugs such as antacids, H2 antagonists, or proton pump inhibitors. Avoid heavy activity using the arm in the affected area if there is injury to the muscles or bones in the chest area from the examination. Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.