Common Illnesses That Cause Chest pain

What are the most common illnesses that cause chest pain?


Feeling a sharp stabbing or crushing pain, dull ache, burning sensation in or around your chest area can happen due to several reasons. The pain can travel around your neck to your upper abdomen. Since we cannot assume the underlying reason for chest pain, visiting an expert is the best way to safeguard our health from further turbulence. Contact Dr. Abhishek Bali, MBBS, MD(Respiratory Medicine), consultant – Pulmonologist Critical care and Sleep Medicine, the best chest specialist in Siliguri, West Bengal.


What are the most common illnesses that cause chest pain?

  • Lung disease
  • Pneumonia: People suffering from phenomonia often feel the tightness or pain in their chest that becomes intense when they cough, sneeze, or breath. Pneumonia is one of the types of lung infections caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi.
  • Pneumothorax: This can give you sudden and sharp chest pain including shortness of breath due to the collapsed lung. Pneumothorax refers to the situation in which air gets trapped between the chest wall and a lung.
  • Pleurisy: Pleuritic chest pain causes an intense, sharp, stabbing sensation in your chest when you breathe in and breathe out. When the pleura or membrane becomes infected you may feel shoulder pain, headaches, chest pain, shortness of breath, muscles aches, and joint pain.
  • Pulmonary embolism: This is a medical condition in which one or more pulmonary arteries get blocked due to a blood clot.


  • Cardiovascular Disese
  • Aortic Rapture: This medical situation refers to the breakage or rupture of the aorta which is the largest artery in our body. Symptoms include acute chest pain, shortness of breath, upper back pain, leg pain, stomach pain, etc.
  • Angina: It is also known as Ischemic Chest Pain, which occurs when your heart is not getting enough blood for its efficient functioning.
  • Pericarditis: Pericardium is a two-layered, sac-like thin tissue surrounding the outer surface of the heart. When pericardium becomes inflamed it causes stabbing, sharp, intense pain in your chest region.


  • Pain originates from digestive issues
  • Gastritis: This health condition denotes the inflammation of your stomach lining. Gastritis is responsible for a rapid heartbeat, acute chest pain, stomach pain, shortness of breath, and more. Consult a chest specialist immediately.
  • Gallstones: Did you know gallstones can give you chest pain? Though these mainly affect the abdominal potion.
  • Esophageal Spasm: Esophageal chest pain feels like a burning sensation ( heartburn), and for other people, it gives the sense of heart attack.

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