Tightness in Chest: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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.

REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/1/2017

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