man holding chest due to pressure and pain related to heart attack

If you’re suffering from chest pain, your first thought might be a heart attack. But chest pain can take many forms and be caused by your heart, lungs, or muscles. The type of chest pain you experience could indicate what’s wrong. Talk to cardiologist and peripheral vascular specialist Azadeh Beheshtian, MD, at her practice in New York City, to understand the cause of your chest pain and find relief. Call the office or request an appointment online today.

Chest Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms?

Chest pain can be caused by your heart, but many people don’t know that it can stem from your lungs, muscles, nerves, and more. If you’re suffering from from pain in the area of your chest, Dr. Beheshtian can help. With a physical examination, she narrows down the cause of your pain and proposes a treatment plan.

The symptoms of you may feel depend on the cause and those symptoms can develop anywhere from your neck to your upper abdomen. In some cases, people suffering from heart attacks feel pain in their arms. The pain you feel may range from a dull, aching pain to sharp bursts of stabbing pain. The pain can also make it feel like something is squeezing or crushing your chest.

What causes chest pain?

Some of the most common causes of chest pain are coronary artery disease, heart attack, and myocarditis. Not all causes of chest pain require immediate hospitalization, but all of these symptoms should be evaluated by a cardiologist.

Coronary artery disease is a chronic condition in which a blockage in your heart reduces blood flow and oxygen to the heart. Angina is the pain caused by coronary artery disease and it can be felt in your chest, back, arms, or jaw. While this pain often doesn’t cause permanent damage to your heart, it’s a sign that you may be at increased risk for heart attack.

Heart attack, or myocardial infarction, typically causes severe pain in the chest that doesn’t go away. A heart attack occurs when blood flow in your heart is blocked and cells of your heart muscle begin to die.

When does I need emergency care?

Learn to recognize the signs of serious medical conditions related to chest pain, such as a heart attack. Heart attacks occur when plaque buildup inside the heart is released and forms a blood clot. The clot can block blood flow and cause permanent damage to your heart.

Common symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Tightness, pain, or aching in the chest or arms
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Sudden dizziness

If you or a loved one is suffering from the above symptoms or are showing signs of a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Heart attacks can be deadly, but prompt emergency care can help stop the damage that suffering a heart attack can cause.

Dr. Beheshtian can help you understand your symptoms and medical history, and work with you to find the best treatment method. To see Dr. Beheshtian, call the office or request an appointment online today.