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Chest Pains

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.

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

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