Chest pain, also known as angina, can have various causes. According to Healthline, here are some important causes of angina, some of which will be revealed in this article.
The most common cause of angina is a situation where the coronary arteries supplying the heart with blood become narrowed or blocked due to atherosclerosis (plaque buildup). Reduced blood flow to the heart can cause chest pain or discomfort.
In some cases, the coronary arteries may go into spasm, causing temporary narrowing and reducing blood flow to the heart. This can result in chest pain, even without significant blockages.
Microvascular angina occurs when small blood vessels that supply the heart are affected, leading to chest pain. It can be caused by abnormalities in the microvasculature or issues with the inner lining of blood vessels.
Sometimes, people may experience symptoms other than chest pain during angina episodes. These can include shortness of breath, fatigue, lightheadedness, or discomfort in the jaw, arm, neck, or back.
Chest pain can also be related to conditions such as heart valve disease, heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), inflammation of the heart (pericarditis), or even gastrointestinal issues like acid reflux or esophageal spasm.
It's crucial to note that chest pain should never be ignored, and seeking medical attention is essential to determine the underlying cause. A healthcare professional can evaluate the symptoms, conduct diagnostic tests, and provide appropriate treatment based on the specific cause of angina.
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