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Chest Pain

Heart & Vascular Institute -  - Interventional Cardiovascular Specialist

Heart & Vascular Institute

Interventional Cardiovascular Specialists located in Dearborn, Detroit, Wayne, and Southfield, MI

Chest pain is often the first sign of heart disease. If you have unexplained chest pain, Heart & Vascular Institute can get to the root of the problem. The practice offers advanced testing procedures to identify cardiovascular concerns. The team at Heart & Vascular Institute provides top-quality evaluations for patients in Wayne, Dearborn, Detroit, and Southfield, Michigan, helping patients learn more about their heart disease risks and make informed decisions. Heart & Vascular Institute also offers state-of-the-art treatments for heart disease. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Chest Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of chest pain?

If you have chest pain, you may feel an aching pressure throughout your chest. You might also feel squeezing, crushing, or stabbing pain. These symptoms can develop slowly or appear without warning.

Some people with chest pain may feel discomfort in their jaw, back, neck, or arms. Depending on what's causing your pain, you might notice other symptoms, including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea or vomiting

Not all cases of chest pain are life-threatening. Heartburn or a simple muscle strain can cause chest pain, too. But if you experience chest pain for the first time, it's best to seek medical advice. If your pain suddenly worsens, you may need immediate care.

What causes chest pain?

While there are many possible causes of chest pain, it’s a common symptom of a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to your coronary arteries is blocked. Most heart attacks result from a blood clot or buildup of cholesterol. They can also be linked to tobacco or drug use.

Chest pain can be a sign of other cardiovascular problems, including:

  • Angina
  • Aortic dissection
  • Pericarditis

At Heart & Vascular Institute, your provider gets to the root of the problem. They perform a comprehensive exam, including laboratory tests and imaging studies. The team determines what's causing your symptoms and develops a customized treatment plan. 

How is chest pain treated?

If your pain is coming from a blood clot in your arteries, your provider may prescribe medication. Blood thinners and artery relaxers can help blood flow more easily. These drugs can also prevent new clots from forming.

Heart & Vascular Institute offers specialized care for blood clots, including a pulmonary embolism response team (PERT). If you have a blocked artery, the team delivers swift evaluation and treatment. They provide the care you need to prevent a health emergency.

In some cases, you may need surgery to remove the blockage. The team uses state-of-the-art techniques, including robotic surgery and heart catheterization, to remove blockages. Heart & Vascular Institute delivers exceptional care before and after your procedure. 

No matter what your health needs, the team provides an accurate diagnosis. They support you throughout your recovery and deliver follow-up care.

Let Heart & Vascular Institute help you get to the root of your chest pain. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.