Atherosclerosis refers to the buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on your artery walls (plaque), which can restrict blood flow. The plaque can burst, triggering a blood clot. Although atherosclerosis is often considered a heart problem, it can affect arteries anywhere in your body.

Causes of Chest Pain Explained

Causes of chest pain can be related to a variety of symptoms. Over six million people visit hospital emergency annually because of chest pain.

Causes of chest pain can vary from life-threatening conditions to those that are relatively harmless. The most common causes of chest pain are musculoskeletal (30-50%) and gastrointestinal conditions (10-20%).

Pain due to coronary artery disease may radiate to the neck, jaw, and arms. Pleuritic pain typically worsens with respiration. Such pain is associated with several conditions of the heart and lungs.

Chest pain associated with body position or certain movements is possible of musculoskeletal origin, and so is a well-localized pain associated with tenderness on palpation (pushing on the spot).

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