Chest Pain In Young Women: Cardio And Pulmonary Causes Of Chest Pain

Chest pain is a common complaint and tends to cause a lot of worry, anguish and apprehension in the patient. Invariably, the pain is attributed to a heart attack or a cardio-vascular disorder.

However, not all chest pains have a cause related to cardio-vascular ailments. There are other organs / structures in the thoracic cavity that could be responsible for the pain and an accurate diagnosis is decidedly essential to embark on the right treatment promptly.

Causes For Chest Pain In Young Women

By and large, young women are less liable to heart diseases until they reach menopause, this is because, estrogen offers significant protection and prevents the development of atherosclerosis and cardiac illnesses.

Despite this, there are many young to middle aged, menstruating women, who complain of chest pain and are fairly distressed about it.

The following conditions are known to trigger chest pain:

Cardio Causes Of Chest Pain

  • Angina Pectoris
  • Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  • CAD (coronary artery disease resulting in ischemia or reduced blood supply)
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Pericarditis

Gastro-intestinal causes:

  • Gastro-esophageal reflux, esophageal rupture, Peptic Ulcer Disease

Psychological causes:

  • Anxiety, depression and cardiac psychosis

Pulmonary Causes Of Chest Pain

  • Lesions of the Cervical and / or Thoracic Spine
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Chest wall pain
  • Pulmonary embolus or pulmonary infarction
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pneumonia with pleural involvement
  • Pleurisy

Treatment For Chest Pain

The treatment plan largely depends on the diagnosis.

A complete examination and investigation helps reveal the exact cause and assist the physician in deciding the line of treatment that would be most appropriate.

One Comment

  1. PUP said:

    Chest pain in young ladies may be due to many causes, an angina pain refers to heart pain, although less common in young ladies, if suspected a thorough evaluation by a physician will relieve you from distress.
    Depending on the cause of chest pain, a girl can avoid chest pain. For e.g. she may avoid lifting weight if it is the cause for sore chest muscles.

    October 29, 2010

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