Chest pain and Sudden chest pain

On this page you can find conditions that could be the cause of these symptoms although it is not a complete list of possible conditions.

Please note that if you have these symptoms, they may be unrelated to any of these conditions listed. If you are concerned about your symptoms then you should see a doctor.

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Conditions

Heart attack

A heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI) is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Sudden chest pain
  • Chest pain spreading to neck
  • Chest pain spreading to left arm
  • Chest pain spreading to jaw

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Heart attack.

If you are worried about this condition you can try our free AI Symptom Checker here.

Pericarditis

Pericarditis is inflammation (swelling) of the pericardium, which is the fluid-filled sac surrounding your heart.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Sudden chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • High temperature
  • Unusually tired

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Pericarditis.

If you are worried about this condition you can try our free AI Symptom Checker here.