Left Chest Pain Radiating To The Back And Shortness Of Breath?

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Good afternoon, but I want to ask. I feel the left chest likes tightness, radiating to the back of the back and the breath feels drained. The left upper arm feels swollen, my left hand and left leg like to feel a little stiff. This is a symptom of heart disease. Please, answer my question doctor. Thank you.

1 Answer:

Hello Teti, thanks for asking.


Shortness of breath accompanied by chest pain can be caused by disorders of the lungs, digestive system, heart and blood vessels, or muscles. Not all shortness of breath must be caused by heart abnormalities. Some examples of conditions other than heart disease, which may cause shortness of breath and chest pain, are:

Gastritis, peptic ulcer, and GERD. Symptoms of shortness of breath and chest pain can be very similar to symptoms of cardiac abnormalities. Generally related to food, can be felt when the stomach is empty or even when the stomach is filled. Often accompanied by nausea, stabbing or burning pain in the abdomen and chest, pain reaching to the back, bloating, no appetite, full satiety, diarrhea, lots of belching, sore throat, coughing repeatedly, and bitter or acid in the throat.
Lung tissue infection. For example bronchopeumonia, pulmonary tuberculosis, or bronchitis. Can be accompanied or without chronic cough.
Injury or irritation to the chest muscles and diaphragm. Generally, pain is felt when movement occurs.

Pain and tightness due to cardiac abnormalities, generally provide characteristics such as:

Feel real during physical activity and can improve with rest.
The middle part of the chest feels like a heavy burden.
Pain can spread to the back, neck, jaw, and left arm.
Pain and shortness of intensity are not affected by movement, deep breathing, coughing or sneezing.
Symptoms can be progressive, making it difficult to do light daily work.
Can be accompanied by cold sweat, dizziness, fainting.

These characteristics are a general description of coronary heart abnormalities. However, the symptoms naturally vary between individuals. Consult this matter with your doctor. The general practitioner will perform basic examinations, such as an EKG and X-ray. If deemed necessary, the doctor will refer to a cardiologist. The cardiologist may perform echocardiography, treadmill tests, or MRA / MRV if necessary.


In the meantime, avoid smoking, alcohol, and excessive caffeine. Get a good night's rest. Recognize and overcome psychological stress factors. Control your weight so that it is within the normal range. Avoid saturated fatty foods, high in refined sugar, and high in salt. Try to start regular exercise, 3-5 times a week (brisk walking or jogging), at least 30 minutes (adjust the intensity of exercise according to the ability of the body).


Hopefully this answer can help you. Regards.

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