If you suffer from chronic stress, one of the scariest symptoms you may experience is chest pain.
It feels like someone just sat on your chest and won’t get off. You may also experience sharp, radiating pains in your arms. The sensation can be quite painful, and it may even be debilitating.
When chest pain occurs, many people fear they are having a heart attack. Because chest pain can be one of the primary symptoms of a heart attack, it is important to seek medical attention immediately if you begin to experience it.
If you are at high risk of a heart attack, it is particularly important to get medical help without delay. Remember that heart attacks can happen even if you are not at risk, and they can occur without warning.
However, chest pain does not always indicate a heart attack. In fact, there are many other causes that may be the culprit. It could be due to another type of heart-related problem, such as:
Chest pain can also be caused by other conditions that are not heart-related, such as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), costochondritis, hiatal hernia, asthma, pneumonia, anxiety, or panic attacks. By far the best course of action is to go see your doctor. Your doctor can rule out most of these conditions through simple and accurate testing.
There is another very common cause of chest pain: stress. Every year, a many patients seeking medical attention for chest pain are diagnosed with unexplained chest pain. Many of these people experience recurring chest pain over several years, and it can make them feel lethargic, anxious, or fearful of death.
Stress is often identified as the major cause. Studies have shown that both men and women who experience unexplained chest pain often have very high levels of stress in their work and personal lives.
One of the most effective, proven ways to reduce stress is to use relaxation techniques in the form of guided imagery. Relaxation guided imagery is especially powerful in relieving stress because it is easy (all it requires is listening) and fast (it can induce feelings of relaxation in as little as five minutes).
Here is a free sample track of relaxation guided imagery from our Self-Guided Relaxation CD that will help you relieve stress and reduce chest pain:
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