Angina, also known as chest pain, occurs when the heart does not
receive enough oxygen due to disease in the coronary arteries
that supply blood to the heart.
Many people with chest pain fear a
heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of
chest pain. Some causes are mildly inconvenient, while other
causes are serious, even life-threatening. Any organ or tissue in
your chest can be the source of pain, including your heart,
lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs, tendons or nerves.
Heart problems that can cause chest pain:
Lung problems that can cause chest pain:
Other causes of chest pain:
- Strain or inflammation of the muscles and tendons between the
- Inflammation where the ribs join the breast bone or sternum
- Shingles (sharp, tingling pain on one side that stretches
from the chest to the back).
- Anxiety and rapid breathing.
Chest pain can also be related to the following digestive system
- Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).
- Stomach ulcer (burning pain occurs if your stomach is empty
and feels better when you eat food).
- Gallbladder (pain often gets worse after a meal, especially a
Call 911 if:
- You have sudden crushing, squeezing, tightening or pressure
in your chest.
- Pain radiates to your jaw, left arm, or between your shoulder
- You have nausea, dizziness, sweating, a racing heart, or
shortness of breath.
- You know you have angina and your chest discomfort is
suddenly more intense,
brought on by lighter activity, or lasts
longer than usual.
- Your angina symptoms occur at rest.
- You have sudden sharp chest pain with shortness of breath,
especially after a long trip, a stretch of bedrest (for example,
following an operation), or other lack of movement that can lead
to a blood clot in your leg.
Texas Health is committed to providing quality care to heart
and vascular patients throughout North Texas and beyond. While
various technologies and services are discussed here, not all of
our hospitals offer every treatment and diagnostic technology
highlighted. Call 1-877-THR-WELL to learn more about heart and
vascular services at a Texas Health hospital near you.