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Chest Pain When Breathing

| May 22, 2012

Chest pain arise when one has a medical condition and most chest pain when breathing are usually one of the most common symptoms of a non-cardiovascular condition.

Causes of chest pain when breathing

Chest pain which occurs when breathing are caused by different health conditions, which are not related to the heart. Some of these conditions are

Pericarditis

This condition occurs when the heart membrane becomes inflamed and it causes a sharp pain in the chest when breathing, like that of a heart attack. Sometimes it is often confused with a heart attack.

Pulmonary Embolism

This occur when there is a formation of blood clot in the arteries, when this occurs there is a stoppage in the supply of blood, through the arteries and this results to chest pain when breathing, coughing up of blood, sweating, shortness of breath and so on. This condition can be life threatening if not threated.

Pneumonia

This is a bacteria infection accompanied by cough, shortness of breath, high fever, shaking chills, sweating and muscle pain. when aggravated, causes pain when breathing.

Pleurisy

This is mostly caused by a viral infection but some are caused by other conditions like pneumonia, autoimmue diseases and so on. When there is an inflammation in the lining of the cavity, surrounding the lungs, it leads to pleurisy or pleuritis which causes pain when breathing. Other symptoms include dry cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath.

Costochondritis

This occurs when there is an inflammation in the cartilage, between the ribs and the sternum, this is caused by an injury in the chest. When this occurs, it can cause pain in the chest when breathing. This is usually a minor condition and can be threated with anti-inflammatory drugs.

Pneumothorax

This occurs when there is pressure on the lungs, due to air which escaped into the pleural cavity, surrounding the lungs. This can be caused by an injury on the chest, when this condition occurs, it creates an acute pain when breathing.

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