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1. Is chest pain always due to a heart attack?
No, chest pains is not always a symptom of a heart attack. The pain from a heart attack is usually an extreme pressure, squeezing, or fullness. Some of the heart attack victims may not have chest pain. Discomfort, pressure, or pain in the centre of the chest or the arms, along with shortness of breath, sweat, or lightheadedness are possible signs of a heart attack.
2. What are the causes of chest pain?
The common causes of chest pain are a muscle strain, peptic ulcers, injured ribs, asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease, heart attack, and collapsed lungs. Sometimes, an inflammation of the cartilage of the rib cage, known as costochondritis, or esophageal contraction disorders may also cause chest pain.
3. Do I need to make dietary changes to manage chest pain?
Yes. Eating low-fat foods and fibre help manage chest pain. Moreover, including almonds, garlic, ginger, turmeric milk, and apple cider vinegar is suggested. A hot drink may help eliminate gas when the pain is caused by bloating or gas.
4. Can breathing exercises help in the management of chest pain?
Yes, breathing exercise helps manage chest pain if it is due to respiratory causes. During deep abdominal breathing, blood gets oxygenated. This triggers the release of endorphins and decreases the release of stress hormones. Moreover, heart rate is slowed down too, easing the pain.
5. Can chest pain lead to a heart attack?
No, not all chest pains lead to a heart attack. A heart attack is signified by chest pain with shortness of breath, skipped heartbeats, nausea, or vomiting and a sense of anxiety. These will typically last for 15 minutes or longer.