CHEST PAIN / DISCOMFORT
Chest pain may indicate coronary artery disease, the build-up of cholesterol deposits within the walls of the heart arteries, resulting in narrowing of the arteries and insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle.
You may also experience discomfort in the centre or left side of the chest, which may spread to involve the arms, jaw, neck or back. Other associated symptoms include breathlessness, sweating and nausea.
Chest discomfort is usually first noticed during physical exertion but, as the disease progresses, discomfort occurs with less exertion and, in severe cases, may even occur at rest. Heart attack is the second leading cause of death in Singapore, after cancer.