Recurrent Chest Pain

Chest pain that comes and goes over minutes, hours or days

Recurrent Chest Pain

Chest pain may arise and subside every few minutes or over hours or days. The key is working out what the cause is. It may be related to the heart, muscles, digestion or perhaps psychological factors.

Recurrent chest pain

They key is finding out the cause of the chest pain. Recurrent chest pain may be caused by something as mild as acid reflux or as serious as a heart attack or underlying heart condition.

It is important to know the symptoms and what to look out for. Recurrent chest pain that lasts for weeks or months is usually less likely to be linked to a life threatening heart condition, it is more likely linked to muscular or skeletal issues. That said, chest pain in any form must be investigated by a medical professional. Some chest pain symptoms that are not usually associated with a severe heart problem include:

  • Chest pain only lasts a few moments then goes
  • Chest pain is relieved by medication
  • Chest pain goes away when taking a deep breath
  • The pain on affects one specific point on the chest
  • Pain is relieved when the chest is massaged 

Whilst, many chest pains can come and go and are usually not related to a heart attack, pain from a heart attack can be recurrent and all chest pain should be thoroughly investigated. 

What are some of the other causes of chest pain?

  • Gastrointestinal problems can lead to pain in the chest and near the ribs. These can include acid reflux, gallstones or ulcers.
  • Muscle pain - caused by tension, injury or chronic pain
  • Panic attack - this pain can be similar to that of a heart attack and can be very worrying for the patient
  • Respiratory infection - especially when there is frequent coughing
  • Angina - this can be a risk factor for a heart attack and should always be investigated fully
  • Lung problems - such as infections or pneumonia can lead to chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Mastitis - infection of the breast tissue which can be incredibly painful
  • Pulmonary embolism - a blockage in the blood vessel to the lungs. These can cause intense chest pain and are a medical emergency

It is very important to see a doctor if you experience chest pain either acute or recurrent to have it fully investigated to rule out any major condition of the heart and lungs.