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What are some heart-related causes of chest pain?

Examples of heart-related causes of chest pain include:

  • Heart attack - A heart attack is a result of a blood clot that's blocking blood flow to the heart muscle.
  • Angina - Thick plaques can gradually build up on the inner walls of the arteries that carry blood to the heart. Angina is the pain caused when these plaques narrow the arteries and restrict the heart's blood supply, particularly during exertion.
  • Aortic dissection - This life-threatening condition involves the aorta, the main artery leading from the heart. If the inner layers of the aorta separate, blood will be forced between the layers and can cause it to rupture.
  • Pericarditis - This condition, an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart, usually causes sharp pain that gets worse when the person breathes in or lies down.

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