Chest pain explained
You know, when someone has chest pain, they automatically think it’s a heart attack. Okay. But according to the statistics, that’s not always the case. Only 31% of people with angina or chest pain have this connection to the heart. And even if someone does have angina or chest pain, it doesn’t mean they have a heart attack. A heart attack is a situation where you have a lack of blood flow to the heart that actually causes some damage. And so if you have chest pain, there could be something going on in the heart.
That’s creating the pain, but not necessarily damage. However, it could make damage. And one thing to know about heart attacks is that out of all the heart attacks, the great majority, like 64% of heart attacks are silent. There are no symptoms whatsoever, but when someone has angina, they, a lot of times have sweating, dizziness, and shortness of breath. But often they go to the emergency room and there is nothing going on with the heart. So today we’re going to talk about the other reasons like 11 other reasons why you might have chest pain. We’ll take a look at the chest cavity. you have a lot of things that are right underneath the chest cabinet.
You have the heart, of course, you have the lungs, you have the liver, you have the gallbladder, you have all the bile ducts, you have the pancreas and you have ducks that kind of join with the bile ducts from the gallbladder. And then you also have the stomach. So 42% of people that have chest pain have a symptom that is related to their digestion. Okay. There’s nothing to do with the heart. And I’m also going to cover the other causes that are rarer that involve the lung tissue.
Causes of chest pain that are not the heart
The first thing we’re talking about is this thing called GERD. What is GERD? GERD is basically acid reflux as advanced, acid reflux, where the valve on the top of the stomach is not closing. And so food is regurgitating back up into the esophagus. And when that happens, it can cause, discomfort and chest pain because that’s right underneath the sternum. you can get more information if you have this problem, but a very important question to ask if you have chest pain is what happened just before the chest pain, just to get a clue. Was there something you ate that you normally shouldn’t be eating or is it some stress or whatever?
The next cause of chest pain, is the gallbladder, but it’s not necessarily gallstones? It’s usually something involving the bile ducts or the little tubes that connect from the liver that passes through the liver that connects to the gallbladder that goes into the small intestine that also connects with the pancreatic ducts. So the bile that is flowing through the liver that is supposed to drain into the small intestine, many times becomes thickened and develops a sludge.
And that topic is something that there’s not a lot of data out there, even though it’s very, very common, I’ve done a lot of posts on it and it’s a real thing. And when this bow becomes thicken, because there’s not enough bile, that creates all sorts of pressure in that tube. And that pressure in that location is directly underneath your rib cage.
In fact, many people who have costochondritis, which has inflammation in the sternum really have a problem with their bile ducts. I mean, if you think about it, why would someone have inflammation in the cartilage next to their sternum? Unless maybe they just did a workout doing bench press and they’re really sore, but what would cause this inflammation, which is directly over the sternum, it just doesn’t make sense. And for those people that have never heard about this before, cause they haven’t read my articles.
the antidote is bile salts. Okay. And you can get them online. And one version that works really well is the Colin Todd cup. And if you’ve ruled out a heart problem, okay. And it’s definitely not heart-related and you end up massaging underneath the right rib cage, and I’ve done a post on that. you immediately experienced relief from your chest pain. Chances are it’s related to the digestive system and you also ultimately have to find out what you should be eating to really correct that problem. Another cause would be something called stress.
If someone has a panic attack, they usually have chest pain. There’s even something called broken heart syndrome. It’s an actual thing that someone experiences a loss of something, a loss of a loved one. And they ended up with chest pain because of the amount of overwhelming stress. I mean, out of all the stress that someone could experience, it’s the loss that creates the most impact on your physical health, and the elevation of the stress hormones, especially cortisol that stay elevated over a long period of time become chronic.
And it creates a lot of destruction on the heart and other parts of your body, even your brain, and people can even start developing diabetes and gain weight because of this chronic cortisol problem that then starts elevating your blood sugars even when you’re not eating sugar. So out of all, the non-heart-related causes of chest pain, we have digestive issues and then we have stress issues. Okay. Now, these next causes are very rare, but I’m going to bring them up.
Number one is a pulmonary embolism. What does that? Well, that’s a thrombus or a clot that ends up in your lungs and that can definitely create chest pain because it’s going to affect your breathing and circulation. All the circulation in the body actually travels through your lungs. And if there is some blockage to your lungs and you’re going to have major chest pain and especially when you breathe in, okay, pneumothorax. And so that is a collapsed lung. And so now we have this increased space between the lung and the wall of your chest. So yours are going to have sharp chest pain on one side because of that. Then you have something called aortic dissection where you have the aorta, which is a major vessel that is either Tor ruptured.
That is extremely dangerous, but it is also extremely rare. Then you have pneumonia, Which can cause chest pain. But if you have a lung infection, you’re going to know you have lung infection with other symptoms, asthma can create chest pain. just so you know, if you have asthma, there are two things I would recommend. One is vitamin D, okay. You’re gonna experience relief from that. And also a very amazing breathing technique. this breathing technique can pull someone out of an asthmatic attack within minutes. Then shingles, shingles actually are viral related and that can create chest pain as well. And then you have something called pericarditis, which is viral, where you have this inflammation around the heart.