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Chest pain

The first thing you may think of is heart attack. Certainly chest pain is not something to ignore. But you should know that it has many possible causes. In fact, as much as a quarter of the U.S. population experiences chest pain that is not related to the heart. Chest pain may also be caused by problems in your heart, lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs, or nerves, for example. Some of these conditions are serious and life threatening. Others are not. If you have unexplained chest pain, the only way to confirm its cause is to have a doctor evaluate you.
You may feel chest pain anywhere from your neck to your upper abdomen. Depending on its cause, chest pain may be:

Breathlessness, Shortness of breath

Breathlessness can occur suddenly at rest or can be brought on by exertion. Sometimes patients just notice a gradual reduction in their exercise tolerance; maybe having to stop for breath walking up hill or feeling a bit puffed doing the housework.
There are many ways the heart can be the cause of these symptoms of breathlessness.

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