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I have sudden onset left-sided chest pain. What can be done?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At November 12, 2017
Reviewed AtFebruary 9, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 41-year-old male. I have started experiencing sudden onset chest pain on the left side as well as pain in my left shoulder blade. The pain has been constant for the last hour. What should be done?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The left-sided chest pain, as well as shoulder blade pain, suggests a possibility of pericarditis. Does it worsen on inspiration? If so, it could suggest some pleuropericardial inflammation, that is inflammation of the covering of the lungs and the heart. I suggest you get an ECG (electrocardiogram) as quickly as possible. Regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vivek S Narayan Pillai
Dr. Vivek S Narayan Pillai


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