It is threatening and frightening for women suffering from stress chest pains. There is a tightening sensation in the heart that is just similar to that in case of heart attack. A psychological thought that this tightening pain may be of heart attack can increase the chest pains.
In women these stress chest pains can be heart related along with many other reasons.Everytime the chest pain is not heart related. The part of spinal cord that receives pain signals from our heart is near the spinal cord area which receives similar signals of chest pain. Sometimes when we have a heart attack the similar pain arises in the arm, back and chest.
Causes of Chest Pains in Women
Here are some of the most striking common causes of chest pain in women and not all are listed here;
- Gall Bladder: Chest pain that may be due to eating is related to a gallbladder disease.
- Arthritis: Chest pain can also be a refer pain of arthritis of a cervical spine.
- Acid reflux: Chest pain which occurs when the stomach is empty.
- Angina pectoris: Chest pain is one of the indications of blocked artries.This blockage actually reduces blood flow to heart. This deprives the heart of oxygen and results in chest pain. Chest pain is like a feeling of pressure on heart.
- Periconditis: Inflammation of lining of heart is also a cause of chest pain.
- Other Cardiac problems: There are other cardiac problems, which are responsible for chest pain.
- Musculoskeletal: Chest pain may also involve skeleton and muscles. This type of chest pain produces tenderness of a chest wall and can also be felt when patient moves shoulder or arm.
Stress chest pain in women is not surprising when the effects of stress on the body are considered. Stress, when it sets a reaction to negative demands on us, is often a “fight or flight” response. It leads to certain physical changes. It prepares the body for a fight against the enemy.If this response is triggered it will call for a flood of brain chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. These chemicals are then released into the bloodstream and consequently, the body undergoes a series of certain dramatic changes. Some of these changes are:
- Blood is redirected to limb and muscles from a digestive tract.
- Awareness intensifies.
- Breathing becomes faster.
- Muscles tighten and contract.
- Pupils dilates and eyesight sharpens.
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