Causes of Chest Pain on the Right Side
Broadly, chest pain may be either centrally located (pain in center of chest) or occur more laterally (side chest pain). Right sided chest pain may be due to the same causes that can affect the left side. Although cardiac chest pain is more likely to occur on the left side, it can occur on both sides or even just on the right side on it own. A pulmonary embolism is a cardiovascular condition that causes prominent right side chest pain, which is of sudden onset, very severe with symptoms similar to acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). Diseases of the lung and terminal airways , like infections and cancer, are more likely to occur on the right side due to its anatomical features (discussed below).