Chest discomfort, aches or tightness are a common complaint we see in the patients we treat.
The severity and nature of this can vary from patient to patient and, occasionally, can only be felt in the back and shoulder area. Chest discomfort that relates to underlying furrowing or narrowing of the heart blood vessels tends to occur with exertion, although this can also be present at rest in the case of a heart attack (especially when this lasts more than 30 minutes). Symptoms associated with heart related chest discomfort, also commonly referred to as angina, include breathlessness, tiredness and nausea.
It is important to note that heart-related symptoms can take a variety of forms and often patients, especially females and those with other underlying conditions such as diabetes, can experience atypical or unusual symptoms. Therefore, if you are concerned, it is best you discuss your concerns with a specialist.