What is chest burning sensation?

A burning feeling in the chest is a common symptom of heart conditions, lung problems, gastrointestinal disorders, and even panic attacks. Chest burning can result from heart pain due to spasm or lack of blood flow, pain in the esophagus due to heartburn or lung pain due to inflammation, or infection and musculoskeletal pain in the chest area.

Heart conditions, such as angina, pericarditis, or heart attack, are common causes of a burning sensation in the chest. Other causes include pulmonary embolism (blockage in a blood vessel in the lungs) that reduces blood flow to the lungs and leads to chest burning and pain. Pleurisy (inflammation of the lining around the lungs) may also cause a burning sensation in the chest.

Heartburn can lead to chest burning sensation, especially in severe cases, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Less often, chest burning is a symptom of asthma or anxiety attacks. It is also possible to experience chest burning as a result of rib fractures or any other trauma experienced in the chest area.

Chest burning sensation can be a sign of a serious condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you experience a chest burning sensation along with shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, loss of consciousness, or severe trauma to chest. Seek prompt medical care if your chest burning sensation is persistent or causes you concern.


What other symptoms might occur with chest burning sensation?

Chest burning sensation may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Conditions that lead to a chest burning sensation may also cause symptoms in other areas or systems of the body.

Cardiovascular symptoms that may occur along with chest burning sensation

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What causes chest burning sensation?

Chest burning sensation may be caused by cardiac and pulmonary circulation disorders that reduce or block blood flow through the arteries that supply oxygen to heart and lungs. Gastrointestinal disorders are also common causes of chest burning sensation. Such disorders may be caused by gastric acid from the stomach and, sometimes, bile contents entering the esophagus, resulting in heartburn and... Read more about chest burning sensationcauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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