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By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
August 07, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Chest Pain  

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.

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
March 27, 2019
Category: Blood Pressure
Tags: Chest Pain   Hypertension   Headache   Stress  

Find out the warning signs that you might have high blood pressure.

Woman With A HeadacheAccording to the American Heart Association, more than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure. Unfortunately, about one-third of people with hypertension don’t even know that they have it—could you be one of them? Since high blood pressure can increase your risk for heart attack or stroke it’s important to know what to look out for and when to see our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists, Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha, for an evaluation.

 

How can I tell that I’m dealing with high blood pressure?

Unfortunately, most people with high blood pressure won’t often be able to tell that anything is wrong. This is why it’s important to either monitor your blood pressure on your own if you have risk factors or to visit your doctor regularly for checkups.

Your blood pressure may be severely high if you notice any of these symptoms,

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Trouble breathing
  • Blood in the urine
  • Chest pain
  • Changes in your vision
  • Fatigue
  • Severe headache
  • Pounding in your neck or ears

It’s important that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms that you turn to our Gilbert office, immediately, as this could put you at an increased risk for stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure.

 

What can put you at risk for high blood pressure?

It’s also important to understand what can cause or increase the likelihood of developing high blood pressure. Some risk factors include,

  • A family history of hypertension
  • Smoking
  • Age
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • A poor diet (often high in sodium)
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart defects]

If you have one or more risk factors it’s important that you keep your blood pressure in check on your own. This may require that you check your blood pressure routinely from the comfort of your own home. Talk to our cardiologist to determine the best blood pressure monitor for you.

 

Concerned? Give us a call!

Are you dealing with some of the warning signs of hypertension in Gilbert, AZ? If so, turn to the medical team at Gilbert Cardiology to get the answers you need regarding your health. Call us today at 480-786-9100!

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
November 02, 2017
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Chest Pain  

Chest pain can be a very worrisome symptom. Although the pain may be a sign of a heart attack or heart condition, there are many other chest paintypes of health problems that can cause a pain in your chest. Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha discuss a few reasons your chest may hurt.

An injury

Strains, sprains or pulled ligaments can cause pain in the chest. If your pain worsens when you breathe or cough and the muscles feel sore when you press on them, an injury may be responsible for your pain. In some cases, pain may radiate to your chest from a sprain or strain in your neck or back.

A heart attack

A heart attack is the first thing many people think about when they feel chest pain. If you're having a heart attack, you may experience squeezing or crushing chest pain that may radiate to your arm, back, jaw or shoulder. Other symptoms of a heart attack include shortness of breath, vomiting, nausea, lightheadedness, anxiety, stomach pain and sweating. Visit the emergency room immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

An illness

Chest pain can sometimes occur after you've spent all night vomiting due to an illness. Stomach acids can irritate the lining of your sensitive esophagus, causing the pain. Because vomiting can occur during a heart attack, it's important not to ignore this pain if you have any of the symptoms associated with a heart attack.

Angina

Angina may be the cause of pressing or squeezing pain in your chest, shoulders, neck, jaw, arm and back and can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack. Angina occurs when the blood flow to your heart is decreased and is caused by an underlying heart condition.

Anxiety attack

Many of the same symptoms that occur when you're having a heart attack can also happen during an anxiety attack. Because it's often impossible to tell if the source of your pain is a heart or anxiety attack, it's important to visit a Gilbert area emergency room if you experience any potential heart attack symptoms.

Are you concerned about chest pain or a heart condition? Call Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha at (480) 786-9100 to schedule an appointment.

By Gilbert Cardiology
November 03, 2016
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Chest Pain  

Chest pain can be disconcerting. Find out what could be causing it.

Experiencing chest pain is enough to make anyone nervous. After all, there are some causes of chest pain that require emergency care. chest painOur Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists, Dr. Zaki Lababidi, Dr. Mohammed Reza Hojjati and Dr. Khaled Albasha, are here to provide some insight into why chest pain happens and when it requires immediate medical attention.

While chest pain is certainly not something to ignore, most people worry that they are having a heart attack. However, not all chest pain has to do with the heart. Remember your body is made up of so many more organs, muscles and nerves that could be causing your symptoms.

If chest pain is related to the heart these are usually the most common conditions responsible for this symptom:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Myocarditis
  • Heart attack
  • Pericarditis (inflammation around the heart)
  • Mitral valve prolapse

Besides heart-related causes, here are some other reasons why you may be experiencing chest pain:

  • Lung conditions such as pleurisy, pneumonia, pulmonary hypertension, asthma or a pulmonary embolism
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as GERD, esophageal muscle spasms or contractions, a perforated esophagus, peptic ulcers, a hiatal hernia, gallbladder issues or pancreatitis
  • Musculoskeletal issues, such as rib problems, shingles or muscle strain
  • Anxiety and panic attacks can also bring about chest pains

When to Visit Your Gilbert, AZ, Heart Doctors

Chest pain can be a scary thing to experience, so if you are feeling worried about this discomfort it’s always best to play it safe and give us a call. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, this is considered a life-threatening emergency and you need to call 911:

  • Sharp, sudden pain that also causes shortness of breath
  • Chest pain that also radiates to your arm, back or jaw
  • An intense tightness or crushing feeling under the breastbone
  • Very low heart rate or blood pressure
  • Dizziness, fast heart rate, sweating, nausea or fast breathing

If you are looking for answers to your chest pain, then it’s time you turned to Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, for a diagnosis. Chest pain can be a scary symptom, but we are here to put your mind at ease.