Chest Pain Specialists
Chest Pain Q&A
What causes chest pain?
Chest pain isn’t always related to your heart. For example, a pulled-back muscle, acid reflux, gastritis, and gallstones are just four examples of medical problems that result in chest pain.
But chest pain is also the most common symptom of a problem with your heart. Chest pain can signal:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Aortic dissection
- Heart valve disease
- Inflamed heart muscles
- Inflamed pericardium
- Heart arrhythmias
Heart arrhythmias occur when a problem in the electrical system causes a fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat.
What type of chest pain is angina?
Angina occurs when the blood flow to your heart is diminished or cut off. The two most common types of angina include:
This type follows a pattern, often causing chest pain after an event such as exercise or stress. The pain usually goes away after you rest or when you take angina medication.
Unstable angina can occur following an event, or it may suddenly appear for no apparent reason. The pain is usually more frequent and severe than stable angina; it doesn’t improve with rest or medication and demands immediate medical care.
Do I have symptoms along with chest pain?
Depending on the cause of your chest pain, you may also experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heartbeat
- Skipping heartbeats
- Fluttering sensation in your chest
- Pain that’s worse when you’re active
- Swollen legs and feet
- Nausea or vomiting
Chest pain caused by a heart attack may cause a feeling of pressure, difficulty breathing, dizziness, nausea, and pain in your neck, shoulders, jaw, arms, or back.
How is chest pain treated?
Your provider creates a customized treatment plan based on your diagnosis and the severity of your heart condition. When caught early at an early stage, lifestyle changes can stop cardiovascular disease from getting worse and relieve your symptoms.
You may also need prescription medication to support your heart and treat underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
If you need more advanced treatment, the team at Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, has years of experience performing many procedures such as angioplasty, stenting, and implanting a pacemaker.
If you have chest pain, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, or use the online booking system today.
Take Control of Your Heart Health
At Trident Cardiology, we are dedicated to providing exceptional cardiac care and helping our patients lead healthy, fulfilling lives. If you’re concerned about your heart health or have a family history of heart disease, don’t wait any longer. Schedule an appointment with our expert team today to take control of your heart health and ensure a bright, healthy future.