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Chest Pain

Heart One Associates

Board Certified Cardiologist, Vein Specialist, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Structural Heart Specialists located in Phoenix, AZ & Peoria, AZ & Buckeye, AZ

Do you feel pain or tightness in your chest? Chest pain can be concerning and is often an early sign of a potentially severe or even life-threatening heart condition. Don't ignore it. Heart One Associates offers comprehensive cardiovascular care at its three West Valley locations in Peoria, Buckeye, and Phoenix, Arizona. Understand the cause of your chest pain and receive state-of-the-art treatment delivered by leading cardiologists. Call today or use the online booking tool to make an appointment.

Chest Pain Q & A

What is chest pain?

Chest pain, known as angina, describes any pain in the chest area, whether sharp, crushing, or an ache. There are two types of angina — stable and unstable.

Stable angina

Stable angina is the most common and occurs when your heart works harder than usual, like when you perform high-intensity exercise. It's harmless and goes away with rest.

Unstable angina

Unstable angina is an unexpected and unusual pain that lasts for at least 30 minutes. It can occur even at rest and typically signals a medical emergency. 

If you have concerns about chest pain, schedule a health assessment with the team at Heart One Associates.

When should you see a doctor for chest pain?

Chest pain caused by overexertion and that goes away after a few minutes is typically nothing to worry about. However, see a doctor if you experience the following:

  • Pain that lasts for at least 30 minutes
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Severe chest pain
  • Radiating pain
  • Chest tightness

Successful chest pain recovery can depend on receiving fast treatment — call 911 if you think you may be having a heart attack.

What causes chest pain?

The most common causes of chest pain are heart-related conditions. They include:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Heart attack
  • Aortic aneurysm and dissection
  • Slow heartbeat (heart block)
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Heart inflammation (myocarditis)
  • Heart disease (cardiomyopathy)

Several other non-heart-related conditions can also cause chest pain, such as respiratory infection, pulled chest muscles, and nerve problems. If you have chest pain, it's important you see a provider at Heart One Associates so they can confirm or rule out any underlying heart problems.

How does my doctor diagnose chest pain?

When diagnosing chest pain, your provider assesses your health history, performs a physical assessment, takes blood, and uses cardiovascular diagnostic tests to reach a chest pain diagnosis.

The providers at Heart One Associates offer electrocardiograms (ECG), CT scans, and chest X-rays. If necessary, they may also perform a stress test, echocardiogram, or angiogram to identify your symptoms' cause.

Their goal is to determine whether a heart condition is causing your chest pain. Once they've isolated the cause, they create an individualized treatment plan to restore your heart's health and get you back to feeling your best.

When you partner with the experienced providers at Heart One Associates, you take the first steps to improved heart health and longevity. Call the practice today to schedule a consultation or use the online scheduling tool.