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Chest Pain Specialist

Trident Cardiology Associates, P.A.

Cardiology & Interventional Cardiology located in Ladson, SC & Walterboro, SC

Chest pain doesn’t always signal a heart problem, but considering heart disease is the leading cause of death, it’s a symptom you can’t afford to ignore. The experienced team at Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, works closely with each person that has chest pain. They offer on-site diagnostic imaging, determine your diagnosis, and provide prompt customized treatment to ease your pain and heal your heart. To get expert care for chest pain, call the office in Ladson, Walterboro, or Moncks Corner, South Carolina, or book an appointment online today.

Chest Pain Q & A

What causes chest pain?

Chest pain isn’t always related to your heart. For example, a pulled-back muscle, acid reflux, gastritis, and gallstones are just four examples of medical problems that result in chest pain.

But chest pain is also the most common symptom of a problem with your heart. Chest pain can signal:

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

Heart arrhythmias occur when a problem in the electrical system causes a fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat.

What type of chest pain is angina?

Angina occurs when the blood flow to your heart is diminished or cut off. The two most common types of angina include:

Stable angina

This type follows a pattern, often causing chest pain after an event such as exercise or stress. The pain usually goes away after you rest or when you take angina medication.

Unstable angina

Unstable angina can occur following an event, or it may suddenly appear for no apparent reason. The pain is usually more frequent and severe than stable angina; it doesn’t improve with rest or medication and demands immediate medical care.

Do I have symptoms along with chest pain?

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

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

Chest pain caused by a heart attack may cause a feeling of pressure, difficulty breathing, dizziness, nausea, and pain in your neck, shoulders, jaw, arms, or back.

How is chest pain treated?

After reviewing your medical history and symptoms, your provider at Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, finishes a physical exam. Then they perform an electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, stress testing, or in some cases, heart catheterization.

Your provider creates a customized treatment plan based on your diagnosis and the severity of your heart condition. When caught early at an early stage, lifestyle changes can stop cardiovascular disease from getting worse and relieve your symptoms.

You may also need prescription medication to support your heart and treat underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

If you need more advanced treatment, the team at Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, has years of experience performing many procedures such as angioplasty, stenting, and implanting a pacemaker.

If you have chest pain, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, or use the online booking system today.