The typical pain that is associated with a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction) or with angina includes:
- Severe pain
- Crushing, squeezing or pressure pain into the chest
- Lasts for more than a few minutes
- May move into left neck, jaw or shoulder
If this occurs call an ambulance immediately.
Other Medical Cases
These may include:
- Pulmonary embolism – blockage of a major blood vessel to the lung
- Perforated intestine
- Acute pericarditis – inflammation of the lining around the heart
- Oesophagitis – inflammation of the wind pipe to the lungs
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
Spine and Ribs
It is common for both the mid-back and rib case to become imbalanced (Spinal Dysfunction) that leads to chest pain. The pain can be moderately severe and mimic angina or indigestion.
Another cause is a condition known and Costochondritis where the cartilage between the breast-bone (sternum) and ribs become inflamed. The area is often tender and becomes worse with full inspiration.