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Chest Pain

People can experience chest pain for many reasons. At the MU Heart and Vascular Center, a cardiologist will evaluate you to determine the cause of your pain and discuss treatment options with you.

Chest pain and heart attack

In addition to chest pain, heart attack symptoms may include:

  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain, pressure or a strange feeling in your back, neck, jaw, upper belly, shoulders or arms
  • Sudden weakness or lightheadedness
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat

What else could cause chest pain?

Other causes of chest pain include:

  • Chest wall pain in the muscles or bones of the chest
  • Costochondritis, an inflammation near the breastbone
  • Upper respiratory infection caused by a virus
  • Pleurisy, an inflammation in the tissue covering the lungs
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), often called “heartburn”

What tests may be used to determine the cause of chest pain?

An electrocardiogram (ECG), an echocardiogram (ECHO) and stress tests are commonly used to determine the causes of chest pain.

Contact us

To schedule an appointment with one of our cardiologists, please contact Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine at 573-88-HEART or 573-884-3278.

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