Tightness in Chest

Tightness in the chest can be a scary feeling because it is most often associated with conditions like heart attack or stroke. Did you know tightness in the chest can also be a symptom of anxiety and panic attacks? Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America, affecting 40 million adults. Most anxiety disorders are treatable, but only about 1/3 of sufferers receive treatment.

If you are suffering from tightness in the chest and believe it is due to anxiety, visit one of FastMed’s walk-in clinics. Our mission is to provide our patients with high-quality, compassionate care at a cost that is affordable.

How Do I Know if the Tightness in My Chest Is Caused by Anxiety?

Tightness in ChestOne of the best ways to tell if you are suffering from anxiety-related chest tightness is to rule out heart and lung conditions. A visit to your healthcare provider is the first step in determining whether the tightness in your chest is caused by anxiety or something else. There are a few key signs that you can check before seeking the guidance of a medical professional.

Anxiety-related chest tightness...

  • Does not radiate around the back and the arm
  • Is more likely to occur with other symptoms of anxiety
  • Tends to last around 10 minutes

There are a few ways you can reduce anxiety-related tightness in your chest at home:

  • Controlled breathing
  • Adequate water consumptions
  • Healthy distractions (e.g. picturing a sunny beach)

Practicing these techniques can help you temporarily reduce your anxiety. Still, anxiety is often caused by a disorder and should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. If you are suffering from anxiety-related chest tightness, FastMed Urgent Care can provide you with immediate treatment. If a medical professional at FastMed determines you need treatment from a specialist, we can set up the appointment for you and send your medical records to their office.

The content presented on this page is not intended to diagnose health problems or take the place of professional medical care.