Cardiology Testing & Treatment in Fremont
There are many types of chest pain. Chest pain may occur anywhere ranging
from your upper abdomen to your neck. It can feel dull and aching or stabbing
and sharp or crushing with a “squeezing” sensation. Some types
of chest pain are temporary and relatively harmless; others signify a
life-threatening health event and require immediate medical attention.
While a leading cause of emergency room visits in the United States, approximately
25% of people in America experience chest pain unrelated to their hearts.
Causes of chest pain may include:
Heart conditions, including coronary artery disease (CAD), coronary artery dissection,
heart attack / myocardial infarction, myocarditis, pericarditis, mitral
Muscle, bone, and nerve conditions, including shingles, muscle strain, rib problems
Lung conditions, such as lung abscesses, asthma, pleuritis, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism,
pulmonary hypertension, and pneumothorax
Gastrointestinal conditions, such as peptic ulcers, esophageal hypersensitivity, esophageal rupture
/ perforation, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal contraction
disorders, gallbladder problems, pancreatitis, hiatal hernia, and acid
reflux / heartburn
Mental / emotional health conditions, including anxiety or a panic attack
Should I Go to the Doctor?
If in doubt, err on the safe side and call the doctor. If the pain occurs
suddenly and anti-inflammatory medicines do not help, schedule an appointment
with your doctor at Washington Township Medical Foundation. Call your
doctor if you experience additional symptoms with chest pain such as fever,
chills, difficulty swallowing, and / or coughing up mucus.
If you experience the following physical symptoms along with your chest
pain, call 911 immediately for emergency help:
- Sudden crushing, squeezing, tightness, or pressure under the breastbone
- Sudden sharp pain in your chest accompanied by shortness of breath
- Low blood pressure / heart rate
- Symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, very fast heartbeat / breathing, confusion,
pale face, and / or sweating
- Chest pain spreading to your back, jaw, and left arm