What Does It Mean If I Have Chest Pain and Diarrhea

What Does It Mean If I Have Chest Pain and Diarrhea?

Chest pain or discomfort may be due to many different causes. Some of them are:

1) Heart Failure (CHF).

CHF is a condition where your heart cannot pump enough blood to all parts of your body. You will experience chest pains if you have CHF.

2) Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

CAD is a disease that occurs when plaque builds up inside your arteries. Your heart may not be able to pump enough blood to other parts of your body, which results in chest pains.

3) High Blood Pressure (hypertension).

Hypertension is a medical condition where high levels of salt and sugar build up in the blood vessels throughout your body. Hypertension increases your risk of developing heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems and other health conditions.

4) Asthma.

Asthma is a chronic lung disorder that affects how well your lungs work. Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing up blood. When you have asthma symptoms like these they usually mean that something else is wrong with your respiratory system.

5) Diabetes Mellitus (DM).

Diabetes is a condition that occurs when your body cannot regulate the amount of sugar in your blood.

6) Cor Pulmonale.

Cor pulmonale is a condition that occurs when your heart fails because your lung does not get enough oxygen. Most people with this condition have severely compromised lungs or COPD (emphysema).

7) Pneumonia.

Pneumonia is an infection that involves the lung’s air sacs (alveoli). Bacteria, virus or other infection can cause pneumonia.

8) Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

ARDS is a condition that occurs when the capillaries in the lungs leak fluid and allow blood to build up in the lungs. If left untreated, it may lead to death.

9) Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD).

PUD is a group of stomach related conditions that affect the lining of the stomach and duodenum.

10) Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction). A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is blocked.

While an individual with chest pain may not have any disease, it is important to consult your physician immediately if you are experiencing symptoms. Your physician will assess the cause of your chest pain or discomfort and help you get treatment if you need it. Always consult your physician when experiencing symptoms.

Other causes of chest pain may be less serious and may not need immediate medical attention. It is important to note that chest pain can also be a sign of a heart attack. If you experience these symptoms, call emergency services immediately or seek immediate medical attention.

Learn more about heart attacks.

Learn more about strokes.

This page was written by Coleen Lanzarotta, MSN and last updated May 7, 2014.

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