Chest pain is uncomfortable and distressing to the point that it can hinder you from performing tasks. Persistent chest pain can also indicate a life-threatening condition such as pulmonary embolism. The experts at Prime Heart and Vascular use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose the root cause of your chest pain and offer effective medications.
What causes chest pain?
Chest pain may occur in the form of a tightening sensation, sharp stabbing pain, or a dull ache. The intensity of chest pain depends on the underlying condition and its severity. Persistent chest pain is a signature symptom of fatal conditions involving your heart and lungs. Chest pain is a symptom of the following conditions:
· Injured ribs
· Heart attack
· Aortic dissection
· Pulmonary embolism
· Sore muscles
· Heartburn and digestive disorders
· Collapsed lung
Chest pain may also occur due to extreme stress and a panic attack accompanied by shortness of breath, fast breathing, and sweating. If you experience persistent chest discomfort or pain that causes dizziness or shortness of breath, contact Dr. Shah for a comprehensive examination.
When should you seek medical care for chest pain?
Chest pain can occur due to intense emotional distress, minor digestion issues such as a hurt burn, or fatal medical conditions such as pulmonary embolism. If you experience extreme chest pain that lasts for an extended period, you must seek immediate medical attention to avoid impending life-threatening complications. Some of the symptoms that can indicate a serious health condition include:
· Shortness of breath
· Chest tightness or a squeezing sensation in your chest
· Dizziness and fainting
· Sweating profusely
Which tests can be used to diagnose chest pain?
Dr. Shah has years of experience in the medical field, and his diagnostic skills are exemplary. To diagnose the root cause of your chest discomfort, he may use the following diagnostic tests:
· Holter monitoring
A Holter monitor is a portable electrocardiogram that records your heart’s vital signs for about 24-72 hours. This device helps in detecting any abnormalities in your heart rhythm.
This test involves the attachment of electrodes on your chest, arms, and legs to monitor your heart's vital signs during intense physical activity. A damaged heart muscle displays abnormal readings, which enable Dr. Shah to detect an impending heart attack.
During an echo test, Dr. Shah places a wand-like device on your chest to capture live images of your heart’s structures and functioning. These images can help in detecting a heart condition.
· Stress test
A stress test involves increasing your heart rate with intense exercise or using medications that simulate your heart rate. Dr. Shah monitors your heart's response on an electrocardiogram to detect any abnormalities. He may also offer cardiac catheterizations, MRIs, angiograms, and CT scans.
After the tests, Dr. Shah analyzes your results to determine an effective treatment plan for your condition. He may also recommend specific lifestyle adjustments such as regular exercise and eating a healthy diet to promote quick recovery.
If you experience persistent chest pain or suspect that you have a heart attack, call Dr. Shah or book your spot online to begin your journey to wellness.
Published by Shahbaz Awan