Cardiac Care Consultants
Cardiology & Electrophysiology located in Peoria, AZ & Sun City West, AZ
Chest pain is a scary sensation that usually leads to a trip to the emergency room. Though not always a serious health problem, you should never ignore chest pain. Visit Cardiac Care Consultants in Peoria, Sun City West, and Wickenburg, Arizona, for chest pain treatment. The professional team of cardiologists utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic tests at their Peoria office to find the root cause of your chest pain. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Chest Pain Q & A
What is chest pain?
Chest pain includes any discomfort you feel in your upper abdominal area. The pain may range from a dull, aching sensation to sharp, severe pain that radiates into the arm, neck, or head.
Because chest pain may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition, it’s not something you should ignore. Visit the team at Cardiac Care Consultants if you experience mild chest pain or discomfort often. If you have abrupt chest pain, you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
After your visit to the emergency room, you may need additional testing and care from cardiology experts like those at Cardiac Care Consultants.
What causes chest pain?
Many conditions cause chest pain, some more serious than others. Common causes of chest pain include:
- Heart attack
- Aortic dissection
- Problems with the gallbladder or pancreas
- Pulmonary embolism
- Collapsed lung
- Panic attack
- Muscle strain
- Fractured rib
With heart-related chest pain, you may feel pressure, burning, or tightness in the chest. The pain may last a few minutes or worsen during physical activity. You may also have shortness of breath or dizziness.
Angina is a type of chest pain that occurs during exercise and resolves at rest. This type of chest pain may be a sign you have coronary artery disease.
What happens during a chest pain evaluation?
When you visit Cardiac Care Consultants for a chest pain evaluation, you can expect a comprehensive exam. The team reviews your symptoms, medical history, and family history. They may also ask about your diet and exercise routine, as well as other lifestyle habits that may affect heart health.
Your provider conducts a physical exam and runs diagnostic tests to better understand the cause of your chest pain. Cardiac Care Consultants is a state-of-the-art cardiac practice and offers many diagnostic tests on-site, including stress testing and echocardiogram.
How is chest pain treated?
Treatment for your chest pain depends on the underlying cause, the condition of your heart, and your medical history. The team works closely with you to develop a plan that improves your heart health and quality of life.
Treatment may include:
- Diet modification
- An exercise program
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss
- Medication to manage hypertension or hyperlipidemia
In some cases, the team may recommend cardiac interventions to address the underlying cause of your chest pain, such as placement of a coronary stent to treat coronary artery disease.
Don’t ignore your chest pain; call Cardiac Care Consultants, or book an appointment online today.
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