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Chest Pain Specialist

South Mountain Cardiology

Cardiology located in Tempe, AZ

Chest pain is the most common sign of a heart attack in men and women, and it’s also the primary symptom of most heart conditions. At South Mountain Cardiology, Nadeem Husain, MD, FACC, Patti Cox, MSN, ARNP, and Kim Munneke, MSN, FNP-C, provide comprehensive care for chest pain. They offer risk assessments for heart disease, preventive care, on-site diagnostic testing, and customized treatments to meet your needs. Never wait to get medical care for chest pain. Call the office in Tempe, Arizona, or book an appointment online today.

Chest Pain Q & A

What causes chest pain?

Chest pain doesn’t always mean you have a heart problem. For example, gallstones, a pulled muscle, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pneumonia can all cause chest pain.

However, you should never ignore chest pain because it’s the most common symptom of serious heart problems, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Aortic dissection
  • Heart valve disease
  • Inflamed heart muscles
  • Inflamed pericardium
  • Atrial fibrillation

In addition to atrial fibrillation, other types of arrhythmias typically cause chest pain, including tachycardia (a fast heartbeat) and bradycardia (a slow heartbeat).

Do I have symptoms along with chest pain?

Depending on the cause of your chest pain, you may also experience:

  • Fluttering sensation in your chest
  • Pounding or rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain that’s worse when you’re active
  • Swollen legs and feet
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

When chest pain signals a heart attack, you may have pressure in your chest, difficulty breathing, and pain in your back, neck, jaw, or one or both arms.

If you suspect a heart attack, call 911 immediately. The sooner you get treatment, the better your chances are of surviving and fully recovering.

How is chest pain diagnosed?

South Mountain Cardiology performs essential diagnostic tests in the office, including electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiography, and stress tests. 

You may need to wear a mobile heart monitor or have a minimally invasive procedure such as a coronary angiogram (to evaluate your coronary arteries).

Echocardiography uses ultrasound to show the structure and function of heart muscles and valves. It also reveals blood flowing through your heart, blood clots, and blocked coronary arteries.

How is chest pain treated?

Your treatment depends on the heart problem responsible for your chest pain. However, the initial treatment for most cardiovascular conditions includes lifestyle changes and medication to improve heart function and treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

If you have an arrhythmia or blocked artery, your South Mountain Cardiology provider may recommend one of several possible treatments. For example, you may need a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to regulate your heart rhythm.

For blocked arteries, the team performs a minimally invasive procedure called coronary angioplasty and stenting. Angioplasty opens a blocked coronary artery, and inserting a stent keeps the artery open. Coronary artery bypass is also possible.

If you experience chest pain that keeps coming back or gets worse, call South Mountain Cardiology or book an appointment online today.