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Carol Eustice

Could Your Chest Pain Be Costochondritis?

By October 13, 2013

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When experiencing chest pain, most people immediately think they are having a heart attack. But, there are other conditions that are also associated with chest pain. Aside from heart disease, chest pain may be caused by pulmonary disease, gastrointestinal disease, or spine disease. Musculoskeletal diseases (e.g., costochondritis and Tietze's syndrome) also are associated with chest wall pain.

You must be assessed immediately and have the cause determined, so that appropriate treatment can be started. Don't assume you know the cause! Go to the emergency room to have chest pain evaluated. This is especially true for rheumatoid arthritis patients because they have a greater risk of heart disease than the general population. Even with a higher risk, you won't know the cause until you are seen by a doctor. Learn more in Costochondritis - What Arthritis Patients Should Know.

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