Chest Pain Consultation

While experiencing chest pain can be frightening, all instances of chest pain are not related to heart issues. However, when it is caused by a heart condition, prompt evaluation and management are crucial.

This is true especially if the chest pain is caused by a restriction in blood flow to the heart. Therefore, chest pain should never be ignored. At Corrielus Cardiology, we offer specialized services for the assessment and care of chest pain.

At Corrielus Cardiology, we provide state-of-the-art care to help patients with chest pain or other cardiac conditions. Our team, led by board-certified cardiologist Dr. Sanul Corrielus, uses proven testing methods to determine if your chest pain requires cardiovascular care.

Understanding Chest Pain

When you hear of “chest pain,” you may immediately think about a heart attack. A heart attack usually results from blocked blood flow in your heart muscle. However, not all cardiac chest pain is a sign of a heart attack. 

Pain that comes and goes is often due to angina, where narrowed arteries restrict blood flow in your heart. Chest pain is a complex symptom that can have various underlying causes and it's essential to differentiate cardiac chest pain from other non-cardiac causes for effective treatment.

Cardiac chest pain can vary depending on the cause, even between patients who have the same condition. You may experience a dull ache or heavy pressure, or the pain could be sharp, stabbing, or squeezing. It can occur anywhere from the top of your shoulders to the bottom of your ribs on the front of your body. 

If you experience chest tightness or discomfort of any kind, please contact us for an evaluation. Taking proactive measures to restore your heart health can give you a higher quality of life and also help you avoid the need for invasive treatments in the future.

Our Comprehensive Services for Chest Pain

At Corrielus Cardiology, we offer consultations for comprehensive chest pain evaluation and management:

  • Thorough Assessment: Our team performs a thorough evaluation, including a detailed medical history, physical examination, and risk factor assessment to understand the nature of your chest pain.
  • State-of-the-Art Testing: We utilize advanced diagnostic tests and noninvasive stress testing to assess your heart's condition and function accurately.
  • Personalized Treatment: If we determine that your chest pain is heart-related, we develop a personalized treatment plan.

Treatment for Chest Pain

If your chest pain is determined to be heart-related, we will go to great lengths to evaluate your risk for a heart attack and treat your chest pain appropriately and effectively. 

The precise treatment you need for your chest pain depends on the cause and other factors like your general health, age, and lifestyle. 

Medications such as artery relaxers, blood thinners, and aspirin may be considered. As with all heart conditions, we strongly encourage a change in lifestyle when needed. 

A healthy diet, regular exercise, not smoking, and leading a low-stress lifestyle have all been proven to support healthy blood vessels and reduce the risk of cardiac chest pain or angina.

Help for Cardiac Chest Pain in Philadelphia

At Corrielus Cardiology, we believe in the importance of early diagnosis and personalized care to protect your heart health. Whether your chest pain is due to cardiac concerns or other causes, our team is dedicated to providing the right solutions for your well-being.

Don't ignore chest pain - contact us today to schedule an evaluation and start your journey toward a healthier heart.

Our integrated approach to cardiovascular health prioritizes your overall well-being and quality of life.

To schedule your cardiology consultation, call Corrielus Cardiology at 215-383-5900 or book an appointment online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a cardiologist treat chest pain?

Yes, a cardiologist is a specialized medical professional who is highly trained to diagnose and treat chest pain, particularly when it is related to heart conditions. 

At Corrielus Cardiology, we use a combination of medical history, physical examinations, and advanced diagnostic tests to determine the cause of chest pain and develop appropriate treatment plans.

What are the symptoms of cardiac chest pain?

Symptoms of cardiac chest pain can vary but often include sensations of pressure, tightness, squeezing, or burning in the chest. Pain may radiate to the arms, shoulders, neck, or jaw. 

You may also experience shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, and dizziness. It's essential to seek medical attention if you're concerned about chest pain, as these symptoms can indicate heart-related issues.

What might be causing my chest pain?

Chest pain can be a result of multiple causes, including: 

  • Heart-related issues
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Anxiety and more

If you’re experiencing chest pain, it's essential to have a thorough medical evaluation, including diagnostic tests, to determine the precise cause of your chest pain. 

How do you treat chest pain?

Treatment for chest pain depends on its underlying cause. If the chest pain is due to a heart-related issue, treatment may include prescription medication and lifestyle modifications, such as dietary changes and regular exercise. 

If chest pain is caused by non-cardiac reasons, other treatment approaches may be recommended based on the diagnosis.

Does cardiac chest pain go away on its own?

Cardiac chest pain, such as angina, typically does not resolve on its own. It may subside with rest or medication (nitroglycerin), but it usually requires medical attention and lifestyle changes to manage effectively. 

It's crucial not to ignore cardiac chest pain, as it can be a sign of serious heart conditions like a heart attack.

How long can cardiac chest pain last?

The duration of cardiac chest pain can vary. For instance, angina may last from a few minutes to several minutes and may be relieved with rest or medication. 

If your chest pain persists for more than a few minutes or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, such as shortness of breath or nausea, seek immediate medical assistance.

Can anxiety cause chest pain?

Yes, anxiety and stress can lead to chest pain. Sometimes, anxiety-induced chest pain can mimic the symptoms of cardiac chest pain. 

It's essential to differentiate between the two, which often requires a medical evaluation by a healthcare professional. 

Managing stress and anxiety through lifestyle changes, relaxation techniques, or therapy can help alleviate anxiety-related chest pain. 

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