What other symptoms might occur with chest pressure?

Chest pressure may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the chest may involve any of several body systems.

Cardiovascular symptoms that may occur along with chest pressure

Chest pressure may accompany symptoms related to the cardiovascular system including:

  • Chest pain that may radiate to the jaw or down the arm
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fainting or change in level of consciousness or lethargy
  • Irregular heart rate (arrhythmia)
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)

Respiratory symptoms that may occur along with chest pressure

  • Chest pressure may accompany symptoms related to the respiratory system including:
  • Chest pain that gets worse with breathing or a change in position
  • Cough or wheezing (whistling sound made with breathing)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden runny nose (nasal congestion)

Gastrointestinal symptoms that may occur along with chest pressure

  • Chest pressure may accompany symptoms related to the gastrointestinal system including:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Regurgitation of stomach contents up into the esophagus, throat or mouth
  • Sudden diarrhea

Other symptoms that may occur along with chest pressure

Chest pressure may accompany other symptoms including:

  • Anxiety
  • Hives or a sudden itchy feeling
  • Slurred speech
  • Sudden skin redness, warmth or swelling
  • Sweating, especially profuse sweating

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, chest pressure may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness, even for a brief moment
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Hives or sudden itchy feeling
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Sudden swelling of the face, throat or lips
  • Sweating, especially profuse sweating
INTRODUCTION

What is chest pressure?

Chest pressure is the sensation of a squeezing, tightening, crushing or pressing in the chest area, with or without pain. It is sometimes described as a feeling of a band tightening around your chest or of something heavy sitting on your chest. A pressure sensation can come from a condition occurring in any part of your chest, including your chest wall muscles, esophagus, heart, lungs, nerves, ... Read more about chest pressureintroduction

CAUSES

What causes chest pressure?

Chest pressure can be a symptom of a disorder such as heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Chest pressure accompanied by pain that changes with breathing or that radiates to your back may be pleuritic pain (usually caused by dryness or inflammation in the sac that surrounds the lungs) or muscle ... Read more about chest pressurecauses

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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