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Your Mild Chest Pain May Also be Known as:
Cardiac chest a little painful
Cardiac chest hurts a little
Cardiac chest mildly painful
Cardiac chest slightly painful
Heart a little painful
Heart hurts a little
Heart mildly painful
Heart slightly painful
Mild cardiac chest discomfort
Mild cardiac chest pain

Top 7 Mild Chest Pain Causes

  1. 1.Condition Causing Dull or Aching Chest Pain

    Dull or aching chest pain may be serious (a sign that your heart is not getting enough blood) or could be just be acid reflux. However, this assessment needs to be done by a doctor. You should go see one now!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    dull, aching chest pain, ripping or tearing chest pain, chest pain, severe pelvis pain, forearm pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  2. 2.Esophageal Perforation

    An esophageal perforation is a hole in the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube food passes through as it goes from the mouth to the stomach.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER! This is a medical emergency! A perforated esophagus can lead to a massive infection and requires prompt diagnosis (imaging) and treatment (fluids, antibiotics, possibly surgical repair).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    being severely ill, fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, trouble swallowing
    Symptoms that always occur with esophageal perforation:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Chest Pain That Shoots to the Neck or Jaw

    Chest pain radiating to the neck or jaw can be dangerous (a sign of a heart attack or damage to the aorta) or relatively minor (acid reflux). Distinguishing between the two needs a doctor's touch. You should go see one as soon as possible!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    chest pain that spreads to the neck and/or jaw, chest pain that spreads to the shoulders and/or arms, chest pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  4. 4.Atypical Chest Pain

    Chest pain can be caused by many things, some of which are worrisome and some that are normal.

    You should visit an emergency room for further testing. This will likely include a stress test to see exactly what's going on with your heart.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    chest pain, shortness of breath
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical chest pain:
    chest pain
    Symptoms that never occur with atypical chest pain:
    chest pain that spreads to the shoulders and/or arms
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  5. 5.Chest Pain From Reduced Cardiac Blood Flow (Angina Pectoris)

    Angina pectoris is chest pain that is felt when heart muscle needs more blood than it is currently getting. This may result from coronary artery disease (CAD), where blood vessels leading to the heart are obstructed by plaque buildup.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. Your doctor will perform a thorough physical exam as well as an ECG (electrocardiogram) to see how your heart is beating. Prescription medication may be used to relax blood vessels, easing the heart's workload.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    chest pain, chest pain, tight, heavy, squeezing chest pain, moderate chest pain, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone
    Symptoms that always occur with chest pain from reduced cardiac blood flow (angina pectoris):
    chest pain
    Symptoms that never occur with chest pain from reduced cardiac blood flow (angina pectoris):
    productive cough
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Pericarditis (Inflammation Surrounding the Heart)

    Pericarditis is a condition in which the membrane, or sac, around the heart is inflamed. This sac is called the pericardium.

    You should go to the ER immediately, where doctors would take pictures of your heart, take a blood test, and take an electrical reading of your heart. Treatment typically entails an NSAID and colchicine.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, chest pain, being severely ill, fever, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone
    Symptoms that always occur with pericarditis (inflammation surrounding the heart):
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Heart Attack

    Most heart attacks happen when a clot in the coronary artery blocks the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. Often this leads to an irregular heartbeat - called an arrhythmia - that causes a severe decrease in the pumping function of the heart.

    You should go to the ER immediately since the longer the heart goes without blood, the worse the irreversible damage will be. Hurry!

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    chest pain, being severely ill, shortness of breath, nausea, tight, heavy, squeezing chest pain
    Symptoms that always occur with heart attack:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Mild Chest Pain

  • Q.Is your chest pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.Do you notice your heart beating hard, rapidly, or irregularly (also called palpitations)?
  • Q.Where is your chest pain exactly?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our mild chest pain symptom checker.

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Mild Chest Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced mild chest pain have also experienced:

    • 9% Heart Rate Precursor
    • 5% Rib Pain
    • 5% Tight, Heavy, Squeezing Chest Pain
  • People who have experienced mild chest pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 49% Less Than a Day
    • 23% Less Than a Week
    • 13% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced mild chest pain were most often matched with:

    • 25% Condition Causing Dull or Aching Chest Pain
    • 1% Esophageal Perforation
    • 1% Chest Pain That Shoots to the Neck or Jaw
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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