Chest burning is a usual symptom of various heart, lung or digestive conditions as well as a panic attack. The chest burning sensation can result from heart pain due to diminished blood flow or spasm, lung pain from inflammation or infection or musculoskeletal pain in the chest region.
What are the accompanying symptoms?
The chest burning sensation can be accompanied by other symptoms that vary based on the underlying condition.
- Erratic heart rate
- Chest pain or pressure that radiates to the shoulder and arm
- Rapid heart rate
- Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
What are the causes of chest burning?
It is important to note that the burning sensation might be triggered by cardiac and pulmonary circulation conditions that lower or disrupt the blood flow via the arteries supplying oxygen to the lungs and heart.
In some cases, digestive conditions can also cause the symptoms. In addition, it can also occur from injury or trauma to the musculoskeletal structures in the chest region.
- Peptic ulcers
- Erosive esophagitis
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
It is important to note that heartburn can lead to chest burning particularly in severe cases such as GERD. In uncommon cases, chest burning might be an indication of an anxiety attack or asthma. It is also likely to experience the symptom due to rib fractures or any form of injury to the chest region.
Quick Note / Disclaimer
The material posted on this page on chest burning is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to recognize possible causes of chest burning, register for a first aid and CPR course with Vancouver First Aid.