Healthstone Primary Care
Primary Care Practice & Geriatrics located in Weston, FL, Davie, FL, & Pembroke Pines, FL
Chest pain is a common symptom, affecting around 25% of people at some point in their life. In most instances, chest pain is non-life-threatening, but you should always act with caution and have any unusual pain checked out by a medical professional. Healthstone Primary Care has a team of experienced practitioners at their Florida locations in Weston, Pembroke Pines, and Davie. Take care of your health – call the practice today or schedule an appointment through the online booking tool.
Chest Pain Q & A
What causes chest pain?
Chest pain is a complicated symptom because it can occur for several reasons.
Gastrointestinal issues like heartburn, acid reflux, gallstones, and pancreas inflammation can cause uncomfortable chest pain.
Heart conditions that cause chest pain include inflamed heart muscle (myocarditis), aortic dissection, heart disease (cardiomyopathy), angina, and heart attack.
Given their location inside the chest cavity, it's unsurprising that lung issues such as infections like pneumonia and bronchitis, bronchospasms, and pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) often cause chest pain.
There are other not-so-obvious reasons for chest pain. These include a bout of shingles, broken ribs or compression fractures, pulled muscles, and panic attacks.
Identifying the cause of your chest pain allows the Healthstone Primary team to focus their medical attention on where you need it most.
What symptoms accompany chest pain?
Chest pain symptoms vary, but medical professionals typically split them by whether they're heart-related or not.
Heart-related chest pain may last for several minutes, go away and come back, and can vary with intensity. Typically, it feels like a burning, fullness, or tightness in the chest, but there are other symptoms you should look out for, too, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Intense pain in the back, neck, jaw, and shoulder
- Pain that radiates down one or both arms
- Cold sweats
Other pain symptoms
If your chest pain isn’t accompanied by any of the other symptoms listed above, it’s more likely that your pain is caused by something else — lung-related, gastrointestinal-related, or panic attack, for example. If this is the case, look out for some of these accompanying symptoms as they’ll help your provider better identify the cause.
- Difficulty swallowing
- Coughs or colds
- An acidic or sour taste
- Pain that changes as you move
- Body aches
- Feelings of anxiety
- Back pain
- Burning sensation in the middle of your chest
Never ignore chest pain, especially when the symptoms indicate they may be heart-related.
How does a doctor diagnose chest pain?
Depending on your symptoms, the team at Healthstone Primary may need to conduct several diagnostic tests to identify what's causing your chest pain. These may include:
- Chest X-ray
- Blood tests
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- CT scan
- Stress tests
The team at Healthstone Primary has years of experience in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating chest pain. If you have concerns about chest pain symptoms, call the practice to schedule an appointment or book through this website. If you think you're having a heart attack, don't wait — visit the nearest emergency room or call 911.