Though it may develop from many causes, chest pain shouldn’t be ignored. Chest pain is the number one symptom of heart trouble and heart attack. Renowned board-certified cardiologist Ola Akinboboye, MD, MPH, MBA, and his team at Laurelton Heart Specialists in the Rosedale area of Queens offer state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and procedures to determine the exact cause of your chest pain so they can develop the most effective treatment plan. To schedule an appointment at the New York City office, call or book online today.
Chest pain refers to any discomfort you feel in your chest. Your pain may range from a sharp, stabbing sensation to a dull ache. Some patients describe their chest pain as crushing or burning, and the pain may travel to the neck or radiate down one or both arms.
You can develop chest pain from many causes, including life-threatening conditions that involve your heart and lungs.
In many cases, the underlying cause of your chest pain has nothing to do with your heart, but there is no simple way to tell without a comprehensive evaluation from the team at Laurelton Heart Specialists.
Although most people attribute chest pain to heart disease or an impending heart attack, it’s possible that you may experience only a vague discomfort that you may not consider pain at all.
Common symptoms that may indicate your chest pain is heart-related include:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you need immediate medical care and should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Conditions that affect your heart or blood vessels can lead to chest pain. The most common causes of chest pain the team at Laurelton Heart Specialists see include:
Angina is chest pain that develops from a decrease in blood flow to your heart caused by coronary heart disease (blockage or narrowing of the coronary artery).
A heart attack occurs when oxygen-rich blood can’t reach your heart due to blocked arteries. Without blood flow, the heart muscle is damaged or destroyed. Chest tightness, pressure, and radiating pain are symptoms of a heart attack.
Changes in the structure of the heart, such as a tearing of the tissue or inflammation, may also lead to chest pain.
The team at Laurelton Heart Specialists develops personalized treatment plans for the management of chest pain based on the underlying cause. Treatment options for angina and a heart attack are similar and may include:
However, the team emphasizes lifestyle changes for improving heart health, including diet and physical exercise.
Your chest pain may develop from many causes. For comprehensive cardiology care to determine if your heart is the underlying cause, contact Laurelton Heart Specialists by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.