Chest Pain Specialist

Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists

Cardiovascular Specialists & Interventional Cardiologists located in Downriver Area, Southgate, MI

Chest pain is a serious symptom and sends millions of Americans to the emergency room every year. Though chest pain may develop from any number of causes, the symptom may be a sign of a heart problem. At Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists in Southgate, Michigan, the team diagnoses and treats cardiovascular problems that cause chest pain. To schedule a consultation, call the Downriver area office or book an appointment online today.

Chest Pain Q & A

What is chest pain?

Chest pain includes any discomfort in your chest area. The pain may be a dull, ongoing ache or a sudden, severe pain that travels into your neck or arm.

Though chest pain may develop from any number of causes, it’s not a symptom you should ignore. If you have severe chest pain, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away. 

What are the symptoms of heart-related chest pain?

The type of chest pain you feel may help determine the underlying cause of your discomfort. With heart-related chest pain, your symptoms may include:

  • Pressure, fullness, or tightness in your chest
  • Burning or crushing pain that radiates to your back, neck, jaw, or arms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heat or flushing sensation
  • Sweating (cold sweat)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Elevated heart rate

Symptoms such as difficulty swallowing or a burning sensation in the chest are less likely to be heart-related. However, you shouldn’t ignore your pain. 

What causes heart-related chest pain?

There are many heart-related conditions that cause chest pain:

Heart attack

A heart attack occurs when there’s a blockage in the flow of blood to your heart. 

Angina

Angina is a type of exertional chest pain. With angina, you have chest pain during physical activity that resolves when at rest. 

Pericarditis

Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium, which is the membrane that encloses your heart. 

Coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease occurs from a narrowing or blockage of the major blood vessels in your heart.  

Congestive heart failure

With congestive heart failure, your heart isn’t strong enough to pump an adequate supply of blood to the rest of your body. 

What happens during a chest pain evaluation?

When you come in with concerns about chest pain, the team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists conducts a comprehensive exam to find the root cause of your symptoms. 

They review your medical and family history and perform a physical exam. To assess heart health and function, your specialist may run cardiovascular testing such as:

  • Stress testing
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Holter monitor
  • Carotid Doppler ultrasound
  • Nuclear stress testing

Information gathered from your cardiovascular testing helps the team determine the right diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan. 

How is heart-related chest pain treated?

Treatment for your heart-related chest pain may depend on the underlying cause. The team may recommend:

  • Lifestyle modification
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Heart medication
  • Blood thinners
  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • Bypass surgery
  • Cardiac rehab

The team schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor heart health and adjust your plan as needed.

Don’t ignore your chest pain. Call Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists, or book an appointment online to get the answers and treatment you need.