Medical Author: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Chest tightness is a common sensation and can be a symptom of many different conditions. Tightness in the chest can be a result of diseases that affect internal organs within the chest cavity (thorax), including the heart, lungs, esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, and liver. Chest tightness can also be caused by disease of the chest wall, including abnormalities of muscle, bone, cartilage, and skin. Stress and anxiety can also cause chest tightness.
Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.
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- acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Ext, Little Fevers Children's Fever/Pain)
- alprazolam (Xanax, Xanax XR, Niravam) Anti-Anxiety Drug
- cimetidine, Tagamet HB
- ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, and others)
- naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn)
- nitroglycerin, Nitro-Bid, Nitro-Dur, Nitrostat, Transderm-Nitro, Minitran, Deponit, Nitrol
- pantoprazole, Protonix
- ranitidine, Zantac