What is chest pain?

Pain in your chest can come at you in different ways. It can be dull or sharp. Or it can feel like pressure, tightness or burning.

Anyone can develop chest pain for a variety of reasons. It can be a symptom of heart and lung disorders, infection or digestive problems. Chest pain can be temporary, or it can be a chronic condition (lasting six months or more).

Treatment for chest pain depends on what’s causing it. You may feel better with rest and medication. If the pain is a sign of a more serious condition, you may need a procedure to treat it.

Sometimes, chest pain can signal a life-threatening problem. See your healthcare provider right away if you have chest pain. For severe chest pain, you should seek emergency treatment.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/19/2020.

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