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Chest pain is one of the scariest symptoms a person can have because the first thing we usually think of is a heart attack. Of course, any new chest pain should be considered a medical emergency and checked out right away. But once a heart problem has been ruled out, one of the possibilities your doctor may consider is costochondritis. Costochondritis ((kos-toe-KHON-dri-tis) is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It is one of the most common cause of musculoskeletal chest pain. Symptoms: The two main symptoms of costochondritis are pain and tenderness in the chest wall, specifically where the ribs attach to the breastbone.
Pain – The pain of costochondritis is usually described as sharp and/or stabbing, but may also be dull, burning or gnawing. Often the pain gets worse when coughing or taking a deep breath. There may also be some difficulty breathing. The location of the pain can be on either...
Highlights Heart Attack Symptoms Common signs and symptom of heart attack include: Chest pain or discomfort (angina), which can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest. With heart attack, the pain usually lasts for more than a few minutes, but it may increase and decrease in intensity. Discomfort in the upper body including the arms, neck, back, jaw, or stomach. Shortness of breath, which can occur with or without chest pain. Nausea and vomiting Breaking out in cold sweat Lightheadedness or fainting Women are less likely to have chest pain Immediate Treatment of a Heart Attack The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend: If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 right away. After you call 911, chew an adult-size (325 mg) non-coated aspirin. Be sure to tell the paramedics so an additional aspirin dose is not given. Angioplasty, also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is a procedure that should be perfor...
An acute upper airway obstruction is a blockage of the upper airway, which can be in the trachea, voice box (laryngeal), or throat (pharyngeal) areas.
Airway obstruction - acute upper
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Causes of acute upper airway obstruction include:
in which the trachea or throat swell closed, including allergic reactions to a bee sting
, peanuts, antibiotics (penicillin), and blood pressure medications (ACE inhibitors)
(infection of the structure separating the trachea from the esophagus)
Fire or burns from breathing in smoke
Foreign bodies -- such as peanuts and other breathed-in foods, pieces of a balloon, buttons, coins, and small toys
Viral or bacteria infections
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