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Noncardiac Chest Pain


Noncardiac chest pain

is pain or discomfort in your chest that is not caused by a heart problem. It may be caused by any of the following:

  • Acid reflux
  • Nerve or muscle problems within the esophagus that slow the movement of food
  • Increased sensitivity to pain within your esophagus
  • Panic attacks, anxiety, or depression
  • Chest wall, muscle, or rib pain

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have severe chest pain.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your chest pain does not get better, even with treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


Treatment depends on the cause of your chest pain. You may need any of the following:

  • Medicines may be given to treat the cause of your chest pain. You may be given medicines to decrease pain, relieve anxiety, decrease acid reflux, or relax muscles in your esophagus.
  • Cognitive therapy may be helpful if you have panic attacks, anxiety, or depression. It can help you change how you react to situations that tend to trigger your chest pain.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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