What's Causing Your Chest Pain?

When it comes to chest pain, you’re not alone if you’re wondering what’s causing your discomfort. Millions of people ask themselves this question every year, wondering if their chest pain is something they should be worried about.

Though chest pain can occur from any number of causes, at Advanced Cardiac Care, our board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Michael Avaricio, says it’s not a symptom you should ignore. 

Here, we want to share some of the health conditions that may be causing your chest pain and why you need prompt medical attention so you can get the right answer to what’s causing your chest pain. 

What’s causing my chest pain? 

Heart problems are probably the first thing that comes to mind when you have chest pain. But there are other health problems and conditions that cause chest pain, such as: 

Of course, your chest pain may also be related to a heart condition. In addition to being one of the symptoms of a heart attack, chest pain may be a sign you have coronary artery disease, an arrhythmia, or pericarditis (inflammation of the sac around the heart). 

When your chest pain may be signs of heart trouble

Chest pain symptoms vary in type and severity depending on the underlying cause. But, you shouldn’t judge the severity of your condition based on the severity of your symptoms. 

Harvard Health Publishing notes that chest pain that comes on gradually is more likely to be a symptom of a heart attack than chest pain that’s sudden and severe pain and only lasts a few seconds. 

Other signs and symptoms your chest pain may indicate heart trouble include:

With a heart problem, you may also have other symptoms in addition to your chest pain, like shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, cold sweats, or nausea and vomiting.

When to seek medical help for chest pain

First things first: If you ever think you’re having a heart attack, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away. You should also seek emergency medical care if you have any of the other symptoms associated with serious heart trouble mentioned above.  

Though you don’t always need emergency medical care for chest pain, you should still seek medical attention if your chest pain is a regular thing, even if your symptoms are mild. Your pain may be a symptom of an underlying health issue that may or may not be related to your heart and should be investigated. 

Your on and off chest pain may be angina, which is a type of pain that occurs when your heart can’t get enough blood and a risk factor for a heart attack. 

Here at Advanced Cardiac Care, we use our on-site diagnostic tools to assess heart health and determine if a heart condition is causing your chest pain. Once we know the underlying cause of your symptom, we create a personalized treatment plan to alleviate pain and improve health. 

And even if your chest pain turns out to be nothing serious, seeing a specialist can give you much-needed peace of mind. 

If you’ve been experiencing any kind of chest pain, call our Ozone Park office in Queens, New York, or request an appointment online. 

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