Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants
Cardiologists located in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, & West Palm Beach, FL
Even if it starts out mild, chest pain can quickly become severe. While there are some less urgent causes, many involve your heart or lungs and are life-threatening. If you experience chest pain, cardiologists Jyoti Mohanty, MD, Narayn Pillai, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Suneet Kukreja, MD, and Matthew Klein, MD, can evaluate you and perform necessary treatments at Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Jupiter, Florida. To get an evaluation for your chest pain, call Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants, or book an appointment online today.
Chest Pain Q & A
What is chest pain?
Chest pain is pressure, burning, tightness, or discomfort that occurs in the region near your heart. It’s a possible symptom of a variety of different complications and conditions, some of which are very serious and need medical attention right away. During an episode of chest pain, you may also experience:
- Cold sweats
- Radiating pain in your neck, shoulders, jaw, back, or other areas
Your first thought might be that your chest pain is coming from your heart. This isn’t always the case, but you should get medical attention right away regardless of what you suspect the cause to be. The team at Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants can diagnose you and provide the treatment you need.
What can chest pain indicate?
Chest pain often indicates cardiovascular problems, but it can be a symptom of a digestive issue or lung complication, too. Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants specializes in treating cardiovascular issues, including:
Angina is chest pain that you get when your blood has trouble flowing back to your heart. When plaque builds up on the walls of your blood vessels, it restricts your heart's blood supply.
Heart attacks happen when a blood clot or other blockage obstructs one of the coronary arteries in your heart. A stressful event or physical exertion can trigger a heart attack.
Pericarditis happens when the sac surrounding your heart becomes inflamed, resulting in chest pain or discomfort.
An aortic dissection happens when blood makes its way between the layers of your aorta — the main artery in your heart. When this happens, your aorta can rupture.
If your chest pain doesn’t come from a cardiovascular problem, it may be the result of heartburn, sore muscles, rib injuries, a collapsed lung, or a panic attack.
How are complications associated with chest pain diagnosed?
When you visit Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants with chest pain, the expert cardiology team evaluates you using advanced testing strategies to find the cause. Initial tests that help with chest pain diagnosis include:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Chest X-ray
- Blood testing
- Computerized tomography (CT) scan
Later, they may use stress testing to see how your heart muscles and blood vessels respond to exercise. Once the team determines the cause of your chest pain, they can create an individualized treatment plan.
Common causes of chest pain often require treatments with medications like aspirin and blood thinners as well as heart-healthy lifestyle changes. In highly dangerous cases, they may recommend surgery or another invasive procedure to treat your condition and alleviate your chest pain.
To find out what’s causing the pain or pressure in your chest, even if it seems mild, call Advanced Cardiovascular Consultants or book an appointment online today.
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