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Symptoms of Chest Pressure, Tingling and Throbbing

By Laura Niedziocha ; Updated August 14, 2017

Chest pressure, tingling and throbbing can be frightening symptoms. Many health conditions can cause these symptoms, including a heart attack, shingles or an anxiety attack. Seek medical help, and tell a health care professional about any other symptoms you have.

Heart Attack

Chest pressure, throbbing and tingling may be symptoms of a heart attack. Do not ignore these warning signs. If you think it may be a heart attack, seek emergency medical help. A heart attack can cause intermittent pressure and pain, often severe, in your chest. Other symptoms of a heart attack include shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, cold sweats, and pain in other areas, including your jaw, arm, neck or stomach.


Chest pain accompanied by tingling pain radiating on one side from your chest to your back may be caused by shingles. Shingles occurs when the same virus that once caused a person to have chicken pox becomes active again. A weak immune system or stress might cause this outbreak. Other symptoms of shingles include blisters, rash, stomach pain and nausea, headaches, joint pain, fever and taste, vision and hearing problems. Seek medical help if you show symptoms of shingles. This virus can be treated with an antiviral medication.

Anxiety Attack

Chest pressure, tingling and throbbing may be symptoms of an anxiety attack. An anxiety attack occurs when worry or fear provokes a physiological response. During an anxiety attack, you experience a sudden rush of fear or panic. In addition to chest pain, this fear or panic can cause choking, shortness of breath, feelings of being out of control, fainting, dizziness, nausea, trembling, fever and chills.

What To Do

Whether you are having a heart attack, shingles or an anxiety attack, any time you are having chest pressure, tingling and throbbing, seek medical help. During a heart attack, the longer you wait for medical care, the worse your condition can become. If you have shingles, see a doctor for antiviral medication. An anxiety attack also warrants medical attention, to rule out more serious causes of your symptoms and in case counseling or other psychological help is warranted.

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