Chest Pain Specialist

Advanced Cardiac Care PLLC

Michael Avaricio, MD

Cardiologist located in Ozone Park, NY

Chest pain isn’t always caused by a heart attack or a chronic heart condition. However, it should never be ignored. You should always seek prompt treatment for chest pain to ensure you don’t have a serious heart problem. At Advanced Cardiac Care PLLC, Michael Avaricio, MD, has the diagnostic tools on-site to accurately evaluate your chest pain, then develop customized treatment based on your diagnosis. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call the office in the Ozone Park area of Queens, New York.

Chest Pain Q & A

What causes chest pain?

Chest pain can develop due to problems in your chest and back muscles, upper spine, lungs, and esophagus. Health conditions in your stomach, gallbladder, and pancreas can also result in pain that’s felt in your chest. When your chest pain is caused by a heart problem, it’s often due to: 

  • Heart attack
  • Aortic dissection
  • Pericarditis
  • Myocarditis
  • Valve disease
  • Angina

Angina occurs when blood flow to the heart is restricted or blocked. As a result, the tissues don’t get enough oxygen. This type of chest pain usually occurs when the arteries delivering blood to your heart are narrowed, either due to a blood clot or the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque.

 

Are all chest pain symptoms the same?

You can experience chest pain in different ways, depending on the underlying cause. The best example is angina because there are several types, and they each have unique pain symptoms:

  • Stable angina: Causes chest pain when you’re active, it lasts a short time, and it’s relieved with medicine. 
  • Unstable angina: Causes chest pain when you’re resting or sleeping, and it lasts longer than stable angina pain. 
  • Microvascular angina: Causes severe chest pain during normal daily activities, and it can last longer than 30 minutes.
  • Chest pain that’s not associated with a heart condition is often identified by these qualities:
  • Pain gets better or worse when you change body position
  • Pain gets worse when you cough or breathe deeply
  • You feel tenderness when pushing on your chest
  • Pain is continuously present for several hours

Since it can be hard to tell the difference between heart-related chest pain and other sources of pain, you should always take chest pain seriously.

If you have symptoms of a heart attack — chest pain, shortness of breath, indigestion, nausea, dizziness, and tightness or aching in your arms, neck, jaw, or back — dial 911 for immediate emergency care.

 

How is chest pain treated?

When you have chest pain, Dr. Avaricio first rules out a heart attack, then determines if you have a heart condition and the severity of your problem. Then he develops a treatment plan based on your diagnosis.

Dr. Avaricio may prescribe blood thinners, clot-busting drugs, or nitroglycerine to treat angina. As part of your long-term treatment for a chronic heart condition, you may need to lose weight or change your diet to include more heart-healthy foods.

If further intervention is necessary, Dr. Avaricio has extensive experience performing procedures to clear away plaque and restore blood flow, such as balloon angioplasty and stenting, atherectomy, or a coronary artery bypass. 

To get relief from chest pain, call Advanced Cardiac Care or schedule an appointment online.