What’s Causing Your Chest Pain and What Can You Do About It

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“Aches, stinging, soreness, twinges, sharp, dull, burning, discomfort” are all different ways in which we describe pain. But pain is the message your body uses to communicate with you when something is “off”. Listen to it. If you ignore it, your body will eventually get your attention and it will not be pretty.

Chest pain is one of the most common reasons people see a cardiologist. There are a variety of causes of chest pain, and we know some can be life-threatening.

Most people immediately associate chest pain with a heart attack and it’s definitely something you don’t want to ignore, however, chest pain has many potential causes.

The job of any doctor is to determine if the chest pain or pressure is cardiac or not. If it is not cardiovascular, usually the symptoms are not signs of immediate danger.

Cardiac Pain Symptoms

Time is a significant indicator in determining if your chest pain is cardiac related. Symptoms that have been present for months are much less likely life-threatening than if they started two days ago.

Typically, heart related symptoms are:

  • Pressure in the center of the chest
  • Nausea and perspiration which get worse with activity
  • Shortness of breath.

That being said, cardiovascular symptoms may not fit the textbook definition. Your doctor will help decide. When in doubt, ALWAYS get it checked out.

Causes of Chest Pain

Many conditions can cause chest pain. They include problems with…

  • Lungs:
    • Pneumonia, lung abscess, pleurisy, asthma, pulmonary embolism, and other lung conditions
  • Muscle, Nerve, Bone:
    • Muscle strain, shingles and rib problems.
    • Musculoskeletal gets worse with movement, deep breathing and pressing on the chest well
  • Gastrointestinal:
    • Gallbladder, pancreatitis, hiatal hernia, acid reflux, esophageal disorders and others.
  • Mental Health:
    • Anxiety and stress can sometimes manifest as chest pain.

Natural Treatment Remedies:

Pharmaceuticals often carry side effects of muscle pain or increase your risk of reflux/heartburn. Statin drugs are notorious for causing muscle aches and pains. Discuss this with your holistic doctor.

Your average MD can only recommend pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or narcotics, for pain. Unfortunately, these are not solutions, but cover-ups. A glass of whisky would serve the same function.

Seeing a chiropractor can definitely help with musculoskeletal concerns, but they also may aid in GI issues with digestion. Go see your chiropractor.

If you have questions or would like some guidance you can make an appointment for a free consultation with an NHD health coach.

Nutritional supplements can be very helpful for chest pain issues. In addition to our Foundation 5, some of our favorite supplements include:

  • Vessel Support: A unique supplement to support blood flow with a fantastic combination of nutrients.
  • Cardio Q: Co Q 10 is the shovel that moves the energy in the cell from place to place. So many people are deficient in this nutrient, especially people who consume statin drugs.
  • Heart Beet: Our organic beetroot powder is a tremendous source of nitrates. Those nitrates get converted to nitric oxide, the main vasodilator of arteries.

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