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Have you been wondering why you have pain in your chest? Although a heart attack is a possible cause of the pain, it may also be caused by an injury, illness, or health condition. Your Gilbert AZ cardiologists Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha can help you determine the cause of your chest pain.
What causes chest pain
Chest pain can occur due to:
- A Heart Attack: Squeezing or crushing chest pain that radiates to your arm, jaw, shoulder, or back may be a sign of a heart attack. Other signs of a heart attack may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sweating, stomach pain, anxiety, or shortness of breath. Minutes matter when you're having a heart attack. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately in the Gilbert area.
- Other Heart Issues: You may also experience chest pain if you have angina, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, aortic dissection, a heart valve problem, or inflammation in or around your heart.
- Lung Problems: The pain in your chest may be due to an issue with your lungs. Common causes of lung-related chest pain include pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), collapsed lung, blood clot, or inflammation in the lining of the lungs.
- Bone or Muscle Issues: Did your pain start after a strenuous workout? You may have strained a muscle in your chest. Bruised or broken ribs may be the source of the pain if you've recently fallen or received a blow to the chest.
- Gastrointestinal Conditions: Although your chest may hurt, the pain may originate from your gastrointestinal system. Chest pain can occur if you have gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), problems with your esophagus, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, or an ulcer or hiatal hernia.
- Other Causes of Chest Pain: Chest pain may also be due to shingles, anxiety, or inflammation in the cartilage that connects the ribs to the breastbone.
Visiting the emergency room or your Gilbert heart attack specialist is a must if you have chest pain. Although your pain may not be caused by a heart attack, it's impossible to determine the source of your symptoms without medical care. Receiving prompt treatment can save your life and ease your pain.
Don't ignore your chest pain! Call your cardiologists in Gilbert AZ at Gilbert Cardiology, Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha, at (480) 786-9100 to schedule an appointment.
The moment you start to feel tightness in your chest, sweating and nausea can be scary. "One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart attacks and heart failures are frightening for people experiencing them and people around sufferers. Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, can tell you more about heart attacks and how to minimize your risk of getting a heart attack.
What is a heart attack?
A heart attack happens when a blood clot cuts off most or all blood supply to the heart. The heart begins to die because it's not receiving oxygen, which may result in permanent damage to the heart, and, in worst cases, death.
Heart attacks are sometimes used interchangeably with the phrase "heart failure," which is actually wrong. Heart failure is a chronic condition and heart attacks occur suddenly.
What are the symptoms of heart attacks?
Symptoms of a heart attack vary from person to person and you must call 911 immediately. Major symptoms include the following:
- Tightness and discomfort in the chest area
- Pain in the chest that lasts several minutes
- Uncomfortable pressure
- A feeling of swelling or a painful squeezing
- Pain or discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Sweating and nausea
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
How to Minimize Your Heart Attack Risks
There are several things you can change and improve on to minimize your risk of getting a heart attack. Your Gilbert doctors may advise you do the following when you speak with them:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking and drinking alcohol
- Eat a healthy diet (fruits and vegetables) to manage blood pressure and cholesterol
- Visit your doctor's office regularly
Interested in learning more about heart health?
If you would like to learn more about heart attacks and how to decrease the risk of getting a heart attack, you should contact Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, at 480-786-9100.
Your blood pressure is one of the biggest factors for determining your overall health.
What makes hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure) so dangerous is that you may have it and not know it. The best way to find out is by visiting our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha for a routine checkup. If you are at high risk for hypertension, it is particularly important that you visit us regularly to make sure your blood pressure is under control.
High blood pressure doesn’t typically cause symptoms; however, if you are dealing with blood pressure levels that are very high, it is possible that you may experience,
- Chest pain
- Blurry vision or vision problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Pounding in the ears and chest
- Trouble breathing
- Facial flushing
- Trouble sleeping
Because hypertension can lead to stroke or heart attack, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention or call your Gilbert, AZ, heart doctor if you notice these signs. While these symptoms can be caused by other conditions and infections, it’s essential to rule out high blood pressure and find out what could be causing your symptoms.
Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure
While the risk of high blood pressure typically increases with age, if you have a family history of high blood pressure this can increase your risk. Those who have an immediate family member with hypertension should monitor their blood pressure levels regularly at home. Other factors that contribute to hypertension include,
- Tobacco use
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Leading an inactive, sedentary lifestyle
- Being overweight or obese
- Consuming a diet high in sodium
Preventing High Blood Pressure
While family history and age are not risk factors that you can change, there are certain improvements you can make to your daily lifestyle that can support and maintain normal blood pressure levels. These changes include:
- Quitting tobacco products
- Limiting alcohol
- Exercising regularly
- Reducing and managing stress
- Eating a low-sodium, healthy diet
- Losing excess weight
- Limiting caffeine
If you are experiencing chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, or difficulty catching your breath, it’s important that you see a cardiologist for a comprehensive evaluation. The team at Gilbert Cardiologist can provide you with the hypertensive treatment and medication you need right here at our Gilbert, AZ, practice. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call (480) 786-9100.
Recognize the warning signs of these common and life-threatening heart problems.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death nationally and in Arizona, which includes both heart attack and heart failure. One factor that contributes to heart disease is age, and with around 17.6 percent of the Arizona population being aged 65 or older, it’s important that everyone understands risk factors and warning signs and how our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha can help.
What is the difference between a heart attack and heart failure?
A heart attack occurs when one of the heart’s arteries becomes blocked, cutting off blood flow to the heart. The muscles of the heart need oxygen, otherwise they will die. This is a sudden and serious condition, while heart failure is a condition that occurs over time. Heart failure occurs when the muscles of the heart weaken, which affects how much blood is pumped to the heart.
Sometimes heart failure can arise as a result of a heart attack. This is known as acute heart failure, and the symptoms may be pronounced and severe but can be treated. Since a heart attack can weaken the heart, this can also lead to heart failure.
What causes heart failure?
There are certain conditions that can predispose someone to develop heart failure. These include,
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart valve disease
- Congenital heart defects
- Thyroid disorder
- Alcohol abuse
What causes a heart attack?
If plaque starts to buildup around the arteries of the heart, this causes the arteries to narrow. If some of the plaque breaks off this can cause a blockage in the arteries so blood can no longer flow. This leads to a heart attack.
What are the warning signs of a heart attack?
Symptoms vary and can be different for both men and women. The most common warning signs include,
- Pain or pressure in the chest that may come and go (the intensity can range from mild to severe)
- Pain in the upper extremities or the neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Lightheadedness, cold sweats, nausea or vomiting (more common in women)
What are the signs of heart failure?
Here are some of the classic symptoms of heart failure,
- Consistent coughing or wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Intolerance to exercise
- Rapid breathing
- Swelling of the feet, ankles and legs
- Abdominal swelling
Here in Gilbert, AZ, our heart doctors offer congestive heart failure management to help you get your condition under control. We can work with you to create a treatment plan that will best suit your health and your lifestyle.
At Gilbert Cardiology we also offer same-day appointments to ensure that patients get the proper care they need. Call our Gilbert, AZ, cardiology practice today at (480) 786-9100 to schedule an evaluation. If you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
The American Heart Association says that cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of American adults. How healthy is your heart? At Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Labibidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha advocate regular visits to their office to maintain good heart health. Here are the reasons why.
No one is immune
You may say, "Well, no one has ever had a heart attack in my family." That's great, but did you know that factors other than heredity help determine cardiovascular well-being?
Being male, overweight, having hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes, experiencing continual job or life stress all strain the heart and blood vessels.
Besides, a heart attack is not the only cardiovascular issue. Others include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Cardiac arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation
- Structural defects
If you or your primary care physician suspects you may have or could develop one or more of these conditions, you should pay a preventive visit to Gilbert Cardiology. Dr. Labibidi or Dr. Albasha will help you develop a cardiac check-list which will help you know your heart better and how to take care of it.
The cardiac checklist
Here's what everyone should know about and do for their cardiovascular health:
- Know important lab work results and vital signs. What are your baseline blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels? When was the last time you had an EKG?
- Be able to recognize the symptoms of heart attack and stroke. (They differ between men and women.)
- Exercise routinely. Simple walking five days a week is super-beneficial and requires no special equipment, clothes or gym fees.
- Stop smoking, and limit alcohol consumption.
- Eat a heart-healthy diet low in animal fat and high in fiber.
- Sleep seven to eight hours a night.
- Learn to relax. Stress is a heart killer. So, talk out your stress with a friend or trusted health care provider.
- Control your weight and your waist size.
Then, follow-up as your cardiologist recommends. They may order diagnostic testing, such as echocardiography, to understand your heart's size, function and strength. They also use this information to create a care plan specific to your history, current needs and lifestyle.
It's so important
A healthy cardiovascular system is key to your well-being and longevity, too. So, take care of it with routine visits to Gilbert Cardiology where the team is ready to take new patients. Phone for an appointment: (480) 786-9100.