If you regularly experience chest pain, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. Early intervention can detect serious health problems like high blood pressure or high cholesterol, lowering your risk of a heart attack or stroke. At Memphis Vein Center in Memphis, Tennessee, board-certified cardiologist Kishore Arcot, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSVM, RPVI, and the caring team diagnose and treat chest pain using a personalized approach. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Chest pain is a common problem characterized by an ache or general discomfort in your upper torso. Sometimes chest pain causes a sharp, stabbing, or electric sensation. Other times it causes a dull, throbbing sensation that radiates into the shoulders or neck.
Chest pain can occur for a variety of reasons, including sore muscles. However, if your pain persists or gets worse, it may indicate a life-threatening problem with your heart or lungs.
The symptoms of chest pain vary and depend on the underlying cause. Common indications of chest pain include:
Chest pain can also cause nausea or vomiting, as well as a sensation of tenderness if you push on your chest.
To diagnose chest pain, Dr. Arcot conducts a physical exam, asks you about your symptoms and lifestyle, and reviews your medical history. If these steps don’t provide enough information, Dr. Arcot orders additional tests. Depending on your symptoms, he might recommend an electrocardiogram, chest X-ray, or laboratory tests.
An electrocardiogram measures your heart’s electrical pulses. A chest X-ray allows Dr. Arcot to see the shape of your heart and major blood vessels. Laboratory testing can detect proteins or enzymes in your blood that indicate heart disease. Dr. Arcot uses the information he collects to develop a custom care plan.
At Memphis Vein Center, Dr. Arcot and the team treat chest pain with a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and prescription medications. If you experience mild chest pain due to stress or an early stage of heart disease, you might benefit from losing weight, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly.
If your chest pain negatively affects your quality of life or it increases your risk of a heart attack or other serious complication, Dr. Arcot might recommend blood thinners, thrombolytic drugs, or artery relaxers.
Serious cases of chest pain may require surgical intervention. If you have a blocked artery or clogged blood vessel, you might benefit from angioplasty and stent placement or bypass surgery.
To explore your treatment options for chest pain, schedule an appointment at Memphis Vein Center. Call or book a consultation online today.