A to Z Symptoms: Chest Pain

A to Z Symptoms: Chest Pain

A to Z Symptom: Chest Pain

More to Know

Chest pain can be caused by many things, from a pulled muscle to asthma. Depending on the reason for the pain, symptoms may differ but can include tightness, discomfort, coughing, wheezing, and a burning sensation. In kids, chest pain is rarely a sign of something serious, such as heart trouble.


Common causes of chest pain include:

Keep in Mind

Most causes of chest pain in kids and teens are not cause for concern and will clear up with minimal or no treatment. But call the doctor if chest pain is accompanied by trouble breathing or rapid breathing, a racing heart, dizziness or fainting, chest pressure, or blue or gray color around the lips.

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