Experiencing a strange feeling in your chest can cause you to worry, but many common chest pain symptoms have reasonable explanations. Chest pain can take many forms, ranging from sharp stabbing to burning. While a lot of chest pain can be benign, a serious condition is a possibility, and it does not hurt to see a doctor if you are concerned.

1. Chest Pain is Often Heart-Related

You might occasionally hear someone who’s experienced a heart attack say they didn’t have any chest pain. That tends to be because the pain the patient feels is more like mild discomfort. It’s hard to distinguish heart-related pain with other kinds of chest pain without seeing a medical professional. This is also true with other conditions; there are times the pain has nothing to do with the heart, but we’ll primarily look at heart-related conditions, here.

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