Chest pain right side above breast female


Chest pain right side above breast  female


Chest pain, especially in the left and middle chest, is always a concern in relation to heart problems, but it is important to know that the presence of pain in the right side of a woman's chest can also be due to heart problems. Cardiovascular symptoms in women can be a little different

In the following our doctors describe the causes of right and upper chest pain in women


Are heart symptoms different in men and women?

Causes of right chest pain

Other causes of right chest pain



Are heart symptoms different in men and women?

Sometimes heart symptoms can be different in women, classic heart pain on the left side of the chest is less common in women, and most women complain of burning on both sides of their chest instead of this classic pain. Do not have discomfort in their chest

Therefore, the presence of chest pain on the right side and above the right breast in women cannot rule out heart problems.



Causes of right chest pain

The causes of pain in the right side of the chest and above the breast of women are read below:


  1. Cardiovascular reasons:

Heart angina, which can be the beginning of a heart attack, can occur anywhere on your chest. Other cardiovascular disorders may also cause pain in the right side of your chest.

Cardiovascular causes of right chest and upper breast pain in women include:


  • Coronary artery diseases:

The pain caused by impaired blood supply to the heart muscle, which is caused by obstruction and problems with the coronary arteries, can, as we have said, be felt on the right side of the chest as a feeling of heaviness, pressure, and burning.


  • Inflammation of the pericardium (pericarditis):

The pericardium is the outermost layer of the heart that surrounds the heart like a membrane. Inflammation of this membrane is called pericarditis.

Factors that cause pericardial inflammation include:

  • Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Viruses
  • Cancers

Sometimes pericarditis develops after a heart attack

The pain is sharp pericarditis and is aggravated by deep breathing and being in a certain position.


  • Aorta artery problems:

The aorta is a large artery in the body that exits the heart and after a short distance upwards on the right side of the heart (about an inch above the left) descends downwards creating an arch called the aortic arch (dissociation of the aorta).

This artery has layers in its wall. If a crack is created in one layer of this wall and blood flows between the cracked layers of the aortic wall, this complication is called aortic dissection.

The pain of this complication has the following characteristics:

  • Sudden pain
  • Severe
  • Sharp
  • Pain like splitting
  • Decreased level of consciousness


The cause of this complication:

  • It could be trauma, like what Princess Diana died in an accident.
  • It can be high blood pressure
  • It can occur in people with connective tissue diseases such as Marfan syndrome because in these problems, the aortic wall is very weak and vulnerable.


  1. Causes of lung problems:

The right lung is located on the right side of the chest and has three lobes or three parts. The lung tissue itself has no pain receptor. The following disorders can be perceived as pain in the right lung and the right chest and above the breast.


  • Pulmonary embolism:

When clots form in the arteries of the legs (deep veins of the legs), they rupture and move in the direction of blood flow to the heart and lungs. These tiny pieces may become trapped in very narrow arteries of the lungs and cause chest pain.

The characteristics of this chest pain due to pulmonary embolism are as follows:

  • Sudden pain
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Increased number of breaths and shallow breathing  !!
  • Decreased levels of consciousness will occur rapidly


Predisposing factors for pulmonary embolism:

  • People with broken legs
  • After surgery on the pelvis, lower pelvis and legs
  • People who sleep in bed for a long time and are sedentary
  • People who have been sitting for a long time, for example, during a trip

Pulmonary embolism occurs frequently in individuals without the above predisposing factors


  • Lung cancer:

Tumors in the right lung, umbilical cord tumors, and sometimes lymphomas that involve the lymph nodes on the right side of the chest cause pain in the right side of a woman's chest.

Symptoms of lung tumors are varied, and include prolonged cough, weight loss, bloody sputum, and more.

Smokers are more prone to lung cancer

Pulmonary metastases to cancers such as the breast and colon in the right lung may cause chest pain in the right and upper breasts of women.


  • Pneumonias:

Bacterial infections of the right lung, which cause pneumonia, can cause fever and cough in addition to chest pain.


  • Pneumothorax and lung collapse


  • Pleural effusion:

The pleura is a bilayer membrane that surrounds the lungs. In cases such as cancers, infections, inflammation, etc., secretions may accumulate between these two layers, which doctors call pleural effusion.

Feeling of discomfort in the chest may be the only sign of small pleural effusions, but in cases where there is a lot of discharge, there is shortness of breath with pain. In cancers such as breast metastases, pleural effusions are very painful.


  • Pleurisy (pleural pain):

Inflammation of the lining of the lungs, called the pleura, can be accompanied by pain that is felt, for example, on the right side of the chest and above the breast.

These inflammations can cause persistent pain that is called pleural pain.


  • Pain in the right side of the chest due to digestive problems:

Gastrointestinal problems in the upper abdomen, such as the esophagus and stomach, and gallbladder problems in the upper and right abdomen can cause pain in the right side of the chest in women.



Other causes of right chest pain

Some of the causes that can cause right chest pain in women are:

  • Gastric acid reflux into the esophagus with the following symptoms
  • Heartburn
  • Sputum behind the throat
  • Cough
  • Inflammation of the esophageal wall (esophagitis)
  • Existence of a foreign body in the esophagus
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Ulcers
  • indigestion
  • Gallstones and gallbladder inflammation
  • Liver problems, hepatitis, tumors, etc.
  • Inflammations of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
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