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Chest Pains Specialist

New York Cardiovascular Medicine

Dima Teitelman, MD

Cardiologist & Internal Medicine located in Forest Hills, NY

Chest pain doesn’t always signal a heart condition or an active heart attack, but to protect your health, it’s a symptom you should never ignore. At New York Cardiovascular Medicine in Forest Hills, New York, Dima Teitelman, MD, offers on-site diagnostic testing, a comprehensive assessment, and exceptional cardiovascular treatments that target your health care needs. Don’t wait to get help for chest pains. If you have signs of a heart attack, call 911. Otherwise, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Chest Pains Q & A

What causes chest pain?

Chest pain can develop due to many problems that aren’t related to your heart. Acid reflux, gallbladder disease, and a strained back muscle are just a few examples of conditions that may cause chest pain.

But chest pain is the most common symptom of heart problems. You may experience chest pain from conditions such as:

  • A heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Aortic dissection
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart valve disease
  • Inflamed heart muscle
  • Inflamed pericardium
  • Atrial fibrillation and other heart arrhythmias

Chest pain is called angina pectoris when it’s caused by narrowed or blocked coronary arteries, a condition called coronary artery disease.

What other symptoms might accompany my chest pain?

Chest pain resulting from heart disease may appear with other symptoms. You could experience:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Skipping heart beats
  • Fluttering sensation in your chest
  • Pain that’s worse when you’re active
  • Swollen legs and feet
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue

 

When chest pain is due to a heart attack, you may also have chest pressure, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, and/or pain in your jaw, neck, shoulders, arms, or back.

How do cardiologists determine the cause of your chest pain?

When you have chest pain, the team at New York Cardiovascular Medicine immediately screens your symptoms and vital signs to be sure you’re not having a heart attack.

For the next step, they review your medical history and symptoms, conduct a physical exam, and draw blood for a complete lab workup.

When your symptoms point to a possible heart condition, you can get essential cardiovascular testing on site. For example, your provider may do an electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, or stress testing, or they may give you a Holter monitor to wear continuously for a day or two.

How do cardiologists treat chest pain?

The treatment you need depends on your diagnosis and the severity of the problem. If your cardiovascular disease is at an early stage, you may only need to make lifestyle changes to prevent chronic conditions or stop heart disease from progressing.

When your problems are more advanced, you’re in good hands with the team at New York Cardiovascular Medicine. They have years of experience performing minimally invasive procedures to treat the underlying problem.

If you experience chest pain that doesn’t go away, gets worse, or is severe from the start, don’t wait to schedule an appointment at New York Cardiovascular Medicine. Call the office or use the online booking feature.