Most often, people who have cardiovascular conditions or is highly at risk of heart diseases are likely to feel chest discomfort after eating. Although there are various reasons for pain in chest, heart diseases is widespread and should not be disregarded. It is important to understand the symptoms and causes of both chest pain and heart disease to determine when to treat it as an emergency. Chest pain includes various kinds of symptoms and different kinds of medical conditions. Some of these conditions are mild but some are life-threatening.
To determine whether the chest pain is an emergency, think about if the following is accurate:
- If you are over 40 years old and is most likely to have one or more risk factors for coronary artery disease such as family history, smoking, obesity, elevated cholesterol, and diabetes.
- If you have a family history of early heart disease. It is the starting stages of a heart disease and is quite difficult to determine, symptoms are understated but still present. Most common symptoms includes a discomfort in your chest, accompanied by burning sensations.
- The pain can be expressed by tightness, grasping, heaviness, or devastating.
- The pain is usually associated with weakness, nausea, shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, fainting or falling.
- The pain expands to the shoulders, arms, or jaw.
- The pain is most likely a severe one.
- The pain gets increasingly worse over the the next minutes.
If you are experiencing any of these factors then see your doctor immediately to avoid further complications. Consulting your doctor will determine the exact cause of your chest pain and can give appropriate medications for your condition. If the pain is not around for long, does not increase in intensity, and no other symptom occurs then the discomfort might just be an end result of swallowing larger-sized bites, consuming extremely hot drinks or food, and occasional acid reflux.