Can costochondritis cause increased heart rate?

If you’ve ever experienced pain in your chest, it might have left you wondering what’s going on inside of your body. Maybe you Googled some symptoms and landed here, or perhaps your hypochondriac friend sent this to you because they think they have costochondritis (say that five times fast). Regardless of how you got here, we’re going to dive into the question on everyone’s minds: can costochondritis cause increased heart rate?

But before we jump into that answer, let’s make sure everyone is on the same page.

What is Costochondritis?

Costochondritis (we’ll shorten this bad boy to CC) is a condition that causes inflammation in the cartilage between your ribs and sternum (that flat bone in the center of your chest). This can lead to discomfort or sharp pain with movement or even breathing. It commonly affects young adults but can happen at any age.

Now back to our original question – can CC increase my heart rate?

The Short Answer

Nope! End of article. Kidding, let’s break it down further.

Cardiovascular System Overview

To tackle this subject effectively, we need first understand how our cardiovascular system works!

Our blood vessels act as a highway driven by our hearts. Our brains constantly monitor blood pressure and send signals when changes occur so appropriate responses are enacted through hormone release thus modulating distribution within various tissues/glands etc.. Both chemical signaling & neural activity are involved for rapid control under physiological load (exercise vs eat + sit).

So if CC doesn’t specifically target the above said factors then what does it affect? Let’s see.


CC primarily gets its touchy attitude from affecting nerves. An inflamed nerve sends off those quick electrical impulses that trigger reflexes like jerking away from an ice pack on unprotected skin.

Pain & Anxiety

Far be it from CC to let pain alone do all of the work. This inflammation has also been known to create a sense of anxiety which in turn can cause that pesky pulse rate increase.


Muscle contraction releases calcium thereby allowing actin/myosin filaments for fibre contractions and relaxation, necessary for both movement and maintenance. A rollercoaster still going up with no agonist muscle activity?

So while costochondritis doesn’t directly affect your heart, the inflammation it causes could cause enough distress to those nearby systems = increased heart rate.

Symptoms of Costrochondritis

If you’re experiencing chest discomfort or swelling along your breastbone (crassum) – then this possible condition may present in you too!

  • Sharp pain
  • Tenderness
  • Redness/swelling near sternum-slightly lateral relation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations (stop blaming everything on that so easily)

These symptoms come because something is putting pressure on nerves at these locations around claviclepuncture – remember our circus ride analogy..

Unfortunately, we cannot take a picture yet as ultrasound/computed tomography generate inadequate definition/quality images.

Are there any treatment measures available? Let’s move onto that next section:

Treatment Measures

  1. When dealing with simple cases corticosteroid agents prove useful.
  2. If more severitis found NSAIDs works great!
  3. The big two medications being used are Aleve and Voltaren gel application over area prior-to doing warm-up exercises such as deep breathing or light cardiovascular maneuvers will calm down some nerve irritation.

In conclusion,

The short answer was “no,” but in long-form explanation…maybe! CC affects nerves which help regulate heart functions; Inflammation caused by costochondritis could absolutely stress things out like anxiety leading towards an increased heart rate when felt in these areas of the body. So next time you’re experiencing chest pain or discomfort near your sternum, don’t panic as it may just be CC causing chaos in your system (so silly of it)!

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