People with nervous disorders / disorders often become hostages of their own fears, especially focusing on vital organs. In most cases, the heart is under scrutiny, and to some extent the fears are justified. After all, Vegetovascular dystonia, neuroses and panic leave open the possibility of organic pathologies. In addition, the loosened nervous system can even exacerbate the existing heart disease. Therefore, for any person with Vegetovascular dystonia and for any alarmist, it is important to be able to distinguish pathological pain in heart from the psychogenic/false pain, so as not to leave out a serious problem.
It Might Calm You Down, but…
Heart discomfort is almost always accompanied by nervous disorders. Even a completely healthy people start to panic when feeling colic or compression in the chest. With dystonia or nervous lability, a person can fixate on his heart muscle so tightly that he will get cardioneurosis and really begin to live with his fingers on his wrist, constantly monitoring the pulse and being afraid of any deviation in the work of the most important organ. However, being aware of the basic “laws” of heart problems, you could at least protect yourself from unreasonable panic.
- If there is a pain in heart area when breathing, it often indicates that the person is suffering from intercostal neuralgia. But in this case pain is targeted. The patient can show the exact place where there is pain when coughing and turns. If the body is at rest, there should be no discomfort.
- If Nitroglycerin does not have an effect, and sedative drops relieve pain, this is a good sign. This means that the heart is not the cause of the situation, but only its unintentional participant. Panic attack, depression, phobia, weather changes, stress – all this can affect the heart, without affecting it organically.
- If during physical activity there is no pain in heart area and at you’re your heart suddenly begins to worry you, most likely, there is no problem. An unhealthy heart, which feels badly in calm, will certainly be hurting/pounding at the slightest load.
- When the heart hurts when you exhale, most likely, the reason is in the pleural membranes that have caught a cold or infection. Your lungs are to be examined. It can also be neuralgia and osteochondrosis. Sedative drops in this case will not help.
The heart is an important organ that we can’t risk. Therefore, based on these facts, you should be guided by the old-good saying – trust, but still check!
Several Reasons for Alarm
Cognizant hypochondriacs know: although a person is able to distinguish a real heart attack from a false one, there is still a bad scenario. The symptoms of different heart diseases may be similar. Also, the heart disease can be deep-seated, when a person does not know that is an attack.
|Type of pain||Accompanying symptoms and sensations of the patient||What could it be?|
|Not sharp, searing, burning pain, compressing the breast area going to the nearby organs and limbs.||A person often takes such pain for problems in the gastrointestinal tract, especially if he ate tightly before the attack. Increased pulse and interruptions in the work of the heart muscle can also be associated in the patient’s imagination with the consequences of the meal. But exhausting shortness of breath, dizziness, sticky sweat, weakness and vomiting cause doubts.||Stenocardia Ischemia|
|Started with mild discomfort and increasing, not amenable to drugs.||Aching heart pain that goes on increasing, as a rule, never refers to nerves, psychogenic discomfort or osteochondrosis. Accompanying symptoms may not manifest themselves at first, but then they do, one by one, also increasing. This is the best option for the development of an attack, unlike acute myocardial infarction: a person has more time to take action and call an ambulance.||Developing heart attack (MI)|
|Strong, unbearable pain which could be also felt in the back (left shoulder blade), jaw area, arm, abdomen.||A person feels discomfort which is very similar to severe heartburn, but, among other things, accompanied by a feeling of suffocation, sticky sweating, nausea (vomiting), obvious weakness (the patient is difficult to even sit), expressed fear of death, incorrect pulse (tachycardia, arrhythmia).||myocardial infraction|
|Pain, appearing after exercise or at rest, weak or strong, unpredictable||If a person feels like his heart muscle lives its own life (changes the rhythm, shows itself by unexpected pain), he needs an examination by a cardiologist. Not all organic problems are diagnosed before/at birth. Some do not manifest themselves until adulthood. Growing weight, persistent cough, swelling of the ankles and abdomen, rapid fatigue, dizziness, chest discomfort – are also companions of heart problems.||Heart failure
Congenital/evoked defects of the heart muscle
Disorders of the valves
|Acute stabbing pain in the heart in the center of the chest, which increases in the supine position, when yawning, swallowing, coughing, but decreases when a person sits||The patient can mistakenly take such pain to be osteochondrosis, cold or neuralgia. But the presence of tachycardia and fever should always be alarming. In general, a person who suspects himself of heart problems should closely monitor all the accompanying symptoms and regularly visit a cardiologist. After all, as in this case, you can take a serious illness to be a trifle and to treat it with the wrong drugs (or do nothing at all), and the disease will progress.||Pericarditis|
In some cases, concomitant symptoms may not occur, or occur individually. In order not to guess and not to become a victim of ill-considered self-treatment, it is enough to visit a cardiologist and a therapist once a year/six months, receiving reliable information about the state of the heart and blood vessels. Remember, sharp stabbing pain in heart area is always a reason for concern.