Why You Should Never Ignore Chest Pain

If you’re feeling a dull ache or a slight discomfort in your chest, you might feel like it’s something you can ignore. But when do you need to see a doctor for chest pain? The answer is: almost always. 

While there are many health problems that can lead to chest pain, many of them warrant the attention of a medical provider. At the very least, seeing your doctor will give you peace of mind.

That’s why Dr. Michael Avaricio and our team at Advanced Cardiac Care offer dedicated chest pain care here at our office in Ozone Park, Queens, New York. As a cardiovascular specialist, Dr. Avaricio can get to the bottom of your chest pain. 

From heartburn to a heart attack, your chest pain could signal a problem. So here’s a look at the many causes of chest pain and why this is one symptom you should never ignore.

Understanding the cause of your chest pain

Again, there are many reasons you might be experiencing chest pain. In fact, chest pain can stem from several different areas of your physical and mental health. To start, here’s a quick look at some of the more common causes of chest pain:

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the wide range of possibilities when it comes to chest pain.

Diagnosing chest pain

To diagnose your chest pain, Dr. Avaricio needs to determine what type of chest pain you’re experiencing. The discomfort can present itself in many ways, like:

Assessing how your chest pain presents itself gets us one step closer to an answer.

The chest pain-heart health connection

While movie images of someone clutching their chest while having a heart attack are certainly valid, heart-related chest pain can often be more subtle and signal a brewing problem. If you experience chest pain when you engage in an activity, for example, it could signal a blockage in your arteries.

Dr. Avaricio will ask you about any other symptoms you’re experiencing. Dizziness, nausea, and fatigue typically accompany heart disease or a heart attack.

Once he has a clearer picture of the severity, type, and duration of your chest pain, Dr. Avaricio gets to work through extensive testing to determine whether there’s a problem in your cardiovascular system. To do this, he may use a number of diagnostic tools, including:

These tests are designed to rule out or confirm a cardiovascular problem, helping you get on the road to better health.

Long story short, any time you experience chest pain and you’re unsure of its source, you should seek medical help. For dedicated chest pain care, call our office or schedule an appointment online today. 

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