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Chest Pains

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Chest pain is the most frequent reason why patients visit the emergency room, the pain experienced could be a sharp, stabbing, or dull ache, the intensity and duration of the pain is something that must be considered when examining the patient.

Our Centers are staffed with a team of cardiologists and other heart specialists as well as gastroenterologists, in addition, all our centers are equipped with the latest diagnostic tools including:

  • EKG (Electrocardiogram)
  • CT Scans
  • Ultrasounds
  • X-rays
  • Full-Service Laboratory

What are the Most Common Causes of Chest Pain

There could be many reasons why an individual experiences chest pains, these are the most common:

Heart-Related Causes

When you or someone you love experience chest pain, the first thing that comes to mind is it could be a heart attack, however, according to the CDC, it is estimated that only 13% of ER visits for chest pain turn out to be caused by serious heart-related illnesses. When the diagnoses do reveal a serious heart problem the most frequent causes are:

  • Heart Attack: Direct blockage of blood flow to the heart muscle.
  • Angina: Blockage in the blood vessels that lead to the heart.
  • Myocarditis: Inflammation of the heart.
  • Pericarditis: Inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart.
  • Cardiomyopathy: Disease of the heart muscle.

How Are the Causes of Chest Pain Diagnosed in Our Centers? To properly diagnose the real cause of a patient’s chest pains our emergency doctors will request one or more of the following diagnostic tests:

  • Electrocardiogram or EKG: This test records the electrical activity of the patient’s heart.
  • Blood tests to measure cardiac enzymes levels in the patient.
  • Chest X-rays, these will allow doctors to examine the heart, lungs, and blood vessels.
  • Ultrasound, to examine the status of the gallbladder and pancreas as well as discard the possibility of gallstones.
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Chest Pain Treatments

Once our team has diagnosed the real cause of the patient’s chest pains, they will decide on the best course of treatment.

If the diagnoses reveal a heart-related problem, the cardiologist may initiate treatment with one of the following:

  • Administering medications such as nitroglycerin, clot-busting drugs, blood thinners, or cardiovascular dilators.
  • Cardiac catheterization, this involves the use of stents to open blocked arteries.

If the chest pain is caused by other factors, our specialists could recommend any of the following:

  • Lung re-inflation in case of a collapsed lung.
  • Antacids and other heartburn medications.
  • Antianxiety medications if a panic attack is responsible for the chest pain.

Other areas of treatment

Areas of Treatment:

  • HEAD, BACK AND NECK INJURIES

  • SPORTS INJURIES

  • FLU SYMPTOMS

  • CHEST PAINS

  • CUTS AND SCRAPES

  • ABDOMINAL PAINS

  • ORTHOPEDIC PAINS

  • PEDIATRIC EMERGENCIES

  • ACUTE HEADACHES

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