Chest pain is a common problem that people across the world suffer from. No matter how mild or severe the pain is, chest pain must be always taken seriously. Chest pain is associated with any kind of pain from the parts of upper neck to the upper abdomen of the body, including pain in right arm, cervical spine, and back. Chest pain depends on factors such as intensity of the pain, duration, sex, age, health conditions and quality. Dull pain, piercing and stabbing pain are common when suffering from chest pain. Other symptoms of chest pain include nausea, dizziness, vomiting, heavy sweating, and drowsiness. It is a myth that all kinds of chest pain are related to heart problems and cardiac conditions. Apart from the heart, any disturbance in lungs, nerves, stomach, pancreas and chest muscles can also lead to chest pain.
Here are 5 conditions that can lead to chest pain, apart from heart problems:
1. Bone problems can cause chest pain
There are two bone areas in the body – ribs, and sternum. They both are connected to chest pain. Any kind of rib fracture may toughen one’s chest movement, may cause deep breaths and induce critical chest pain. If there is any affected bone area, the area may produce a continuous pain and throbbing in the chest. Many times, places in the body where the rib meets the sternum can cause inflammation. This condition is known as costochondritis.
2. Lung related causes of chest pain
One of the most common origins of chest pain is lungs. Chest pain, ache, and conciseness of breath are caused due to a blood clot in pulmonary arteries. This condition is known as pulmonary embolism. Sometimes, chest pain or pressure is caused because of pressure in arteries carrying blood. Chest pain often occurs in the sides of chest, where lungs deflate. This results in constant deficiency of breath. Pneumonia also causes chest pain along with coughing, muscle aches, and fever.
3. Muscle or nerve disorder can cause chest pain
Nerve breakdown leads to many intractable obstacles including burning or sharp pain in the chest. Another source for such severe pain is shingles and painful rashes with blisters during chickenpox. Chickenpox infections counter on the nerve distribution of the chest and deliver a sharp pain on one side of the chest. Chest muscles are inflamed due to overuse of severe coughing spells, the area becomes tender which results in severe chest pain.
4. Gastrointestinal causes of chest pain
Some parts of the gastrointestinal tract are present in the upper portion of abdominal areas. Inflammation or rupture of oesophagus can cause endless pain which elevates when you swallow something or take deep breaths. Gall bladder inflammation, gallstones, or complete bile duct blockage can cause suspended or constant aching which is notably painful. Pancreatitis or pancreatic duct blockage at times produce upper abdominal and/or lower chest pain which is further transported to the back. This pain may increase while eating.
5. Psychological causes of chest pain
People tend to neglect this factor but psychological disorders like depression, stress, anxiety and panic attacks do cause chest pain. These disorders cause high pain in chest because of fast heartbeat. Fast-paced heartbeat can cause extreme ache. These are accompanied by an anxious state of mind, dizziness, fear, mania, heavy breathing, and sweating.
Follow This Diet To Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease
If you have chronic kidney disease you should be very careful as to what you are eating and drinking. Controlling high blood pressure and diabetes is very necessary to prevent kidney disease from getting worse. You need to change your diet in order to manage chronic kidney disease. One is more likely to develop kidney disease if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or a family history of kidney failure. A kidney-friendly diet limits certain foods to prevent the minerals in those foods from building up in your body.
You can prevent chronic kidney disease by the following measures:
1. Make Healthy Choices: Start eating foods that are healthy for your heart and kidney. Try eating and buying only fresh food. Your diet should include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Try to cut back on salt and added sugars. Instead you can use other spices and herbs to make your meals tasty.
2. Eat less Salt: You should avoid too many prepared or packaged foods you buy at the supermarket or at restaurants as it contains too much salt. Try to eat home cooked food as much as possible as most fast foods have high amounts of salt. Always look for food labels with words like sodium free or salt free; or low, reduced, or no salt or sodium; or unsalted or lightly salted.
3. Right amount of Protein: When your body uses protein, it produces waste. Your kidneys remove this waste. Eating more protein than you need may make your kidneys work harder. Hence, you should be careful as to what proteins are you taking and in what amounts. It is important to ensure your protein intake comes from high-quality sources such as egg whites, fish, poultry, meat, soya and small of amounts of dairy.
4. Fluids: Water is important to survive, but when you have kidney disease, you may not need in high quantity. This is because damaged kidneys do not get rid of extra fluid as well as they should. Too much fluid in your body can be dangerous. It can cause high blood pressure, swelling and heart failure. Extra fluid can also build up around your lungs and make it hard to breathe.
Resistance training can motivate you to stick to your exercise regime
Resistance training can improve exercise motivation and planning among older adults, says a new study.
Lack of motivation is a big factor for many people not following an exercise regime. But a few months of resistance trainingcan change that by instilling an intrinsic interest in pursuing physical activity, suggests new research. Resistance training can maintain and increase muscle strength and functional capacity when ageing and it is recommended for older adults at least twice a week.
It also improves exercise motivation and contributes to making exercise planning among older adults, according to the study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. The study investigated the effects of a nine-month supervised resistance training intervention on exercise motivation, exercise planning and exercise self-efficacy.
In addition, it was examined whether these factors predict the continuation of resistance training for the next year following the intervention. he study involved 104 healthy 65-75-year-olds who did not meet physical activity guidelines for endurance exercise at baseline and did not have previous resistance training experience.
“Nine months of regular resistance training increased the intrinsic motivation for both training and physical activity in general: the subjects started to enjoy exercising,” said one of the researchers Tiia Kekalainen from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.
Additionally, exercise planning increased, indicating that the participants started to think about how to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle, Kekalainen said. After completing the supervised resistance training intervention, nearly half of the participants (46%) continued resistance training independently.
Approximately half of them participated in resistance training on average once-a-week during the following year and the other half twice-a-week. The results suggest that finding intrinsic motivation for exercise and increasing confidence to maintain a physically active lifestyle contribute to continuing resistance training independently.
High BP may be linked to higher BMI and obesity
A higher Body Mass Index (BMI) and obesity could be linked to high blood pressure, says a new study.
If you have a higher body mass index(BMI), chances are you may have increased blood pressure(BP) too, a new study has found. The findings, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, showed a strong correlation between the degree of obesity and high blood pressure.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to several cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, stroke and heart failure. For the study, the research team involved 1.7 million Chinese men and women aged between 35 and 80 years and recorded the participants’ blood pressure from September 2014 to June 2017. They observed an increase of 0.8 to 1.7 mm Hg (kg/m2) in blood pressure per additional unit of BMI in individuals who were not taking anti-hypertensive medication.
Overall, the population had a mean BMI of 24.7 and a mean systolic blood pressure of 136.5, which qualifies as stage-I hypertension, according to American Heart Association guidelines. “If trends in overweight and obesity continue in China, the implication of our study is that hypertension, already a major risk factor, is likely to become even more important,” said senior author Harlan Krumholz from Yale University in the US. “This paper is ringing the bell that the time is now to focus on these risk factors,” he added.
The enormous size of the dataset allows us to characterise this relationship between BMI and blood pressure across tens of thousands of subgroups, which simply would not be possible in a smaller study, said author George Linderman from the varsity.
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