Chest Pain

Advanced Heart & Vascular Specialists -  - Cardiology

Advanced Heart & Vascular Specialists

Cardiology & Vascular Specialists located in Las Vegas, NV

Chest pain doesn’t always signal a problem with your heart, but you should never take a chance with your health. When your chest pain persists or worsens, schedule an evaluation with the compassionate cardiac experts at Advanced Heart & Vascular Specialists in Las Vegas. You’ll receive exceptional care, advanced on-site heart testing, a prompt diagnosis, and customized treatment. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment and receive a thorough evaluation of your chest pain.

Chest Pain Q & A

What causes chest pain?

When chest pain is associated with cardiovascular disease, it’s often caused by coronary artery disease, an arrhythmia, or valvular disease. Chest pain is also the most common symptom of a heart attack.

If your chest pain does not signal a heart problem, it may be due to other conditions, which may include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Pneumonia
  • Panic attack
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Esophageal spasm
  • Inflammatory diseases

Gallstones may cause pain that radiates to your chest, or a chronic pain syndrome like fibromyalgia may produce muscle-related chest pain.

What should I know about angina?

Angina is chest pain that develops when your heart doesn’t get enough oxygen. Although angina is often a symptom of coronary artery disease, it may also be caused by other heart conditions.

Stable angina is triggered by activity or strong emotions. However, it goes away when you rest or take medication and lasts less than five minutes. Unstable angina appears even when you’re at rest and lasts longer. Both types increase your risk of having a heart attack.

What symptoms might develop in addition to chest pain?

When your chest pain is due to atherosclerosis or a heart attack, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of pressure or chest tightness
  • Pain radiating to your back, neck, jaw, shoulders, and arms
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fatigue
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea or vomiting

Chest pain caused by a condition other than your heart may cause a variety of symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sour taste in your mouth
  • Stomach contents in your mouth
  • Pain that improves or worsens when you change body position
  • Pain that intensifies when you cough or take a deep breath

When you have the symptoms of a heart attack, or your chest pain continues to worsen, isn’t relieved by resting or medication, or lasts longer than a few minutes, you should seek emergency medical attention.

How is chest pain treated?

After evaluating your symptoms and performing a physical exam, your doctor decides what type of testing may be needed to diagnose your heart condition and develop an individualized treatment plan. Your treatment may include lifestyle changes or one of the many effective medications used to treat heart conditions.

If you have a serious heart condition that needs a procedure like angioplasty and stent placement, you can depend on the experienced team at Advanced Heart & Vascular Specialists. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online.