Chest pain doesn't always signal a heart problem. For example, chest pain may occur if you have a lung condition, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or problems with your ribs or the muscles in your chest.
However, chest pain is the most common indication of serious heart problems such as:
In addition to atrial fibrillation, other types of heart arrhythmias also cause chest pain.
When you have chest pain from a heart condition, the underlying issue can often cause additional symptoms. You may experience:
The signs of a heart attack include pain or pressure in the center of your chest, shortness of breath, and pain in other parts of your upper body, such as your back, neck, jaw, stomach, and one or both arms. Call 911 immediately if you suspect your chest pain signals a heart attack.
HeartPlace performs essential diagnostic tests in the office so they can quickly evaluate the results and determine the cause of your chest pain.
Needed diagnostic tests may include:
Depending on your specific symptoms and the results of tests like an echocardiogram and EKG, you may also need a minimally invasive procedure such as cardiac catheterization or cardiac CT angiography.
Your provider determines the best treatment based on the heart condition causing your chest pain and the severity of the underlying condition.
Though your provider customizes your treatment, many people need to make lifestyle changes to support their heart health. You may also need medication to improve your heart function and treat conditions that contribute to heart diseases, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The expert cardiologists at HeartPlace provide comprehensive care for every type of heart condition. As a result, they offer a long list of exceptional services ranging from balloon valvuloplasty, coronary angioplasty, and pacemaker insertion to mitral valve repair, advanced electrophysiology treatments, and cardiac surgery.
If you experience recurrent chest pain, call HeartPlace or book an appointment online today.