Don’t Ignore Your Chest Pain

Are you concerned about pain in your chest? Your cardiologists in Gilbert, AZ, Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology, can diagnose the source of your chest pain and recommend helpful treatments.

Why you shouldn't ignore the pain in your chest

You've probably heard a few stories about people who ignored the pain in their chest, thinking it couldn't possibly be a heart attack. While many people lived to share their stories, others weren't quite so lucky. Although most people don't expect to develop a problem with their hearts, heart attacks happen anyway. In fact, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 39 seconds, according to the American Heart Association. When you're having a heart attack, every minute counts. Delaying treatment increase the damage to your heart or even lead to death.

Even if you aren't having a heart attack, it's never a good idea to ignore pain. In fact, pain is a clear signal from your body that something isn't quite right. If you don't pay attention to your body, your condition may only get worse and more difficult to treat. Of course, it's hard to completely ignore chest pain, no matter how hard you may try. Worrying about the pain can cause stress and anxiety, which may worsen the pain.

Think you're having a heart attack? Go to the emergency room

Call 911 immediately if you have heart symptoms, which can include:

  • Pain in your chest, back, jaw, arm, or shoulder
  • Crushing pressure or squeezing sensation in your chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Lightheadedness
  • Anxiety and sweating

Common causes of chest pain

If you're not having heart attack symptoms and are concerned about your chest pain, schedule an appointment at the Gilbert, AZ, cardiology office. Your heart doctor will review your symptoms and medical history, perform an examination. He or she may also recommend a few tests that will help him or she diagnose your condition.

In addition to heart attacks, chest pain can be caused by:

  • Angina - pain that mimics heart attack pain and is caused by an underlying heart condition
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
  • Asthma
  • Sprains, strains, or pulled ligaments in your chest (Sometimes pain can travel to your chest from your neck or back.)
  • Costochondritis
  • Vomiting frequently when you're sick
  • Pneumonia
  • Pleurisy
  • Blood clot in your lung
  • Anxiety attack

A visit to your Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists is a must if you have chest pain. Call (480) 786-9100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lababidi and Dr. Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology.

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