Depending on your age, health, and family history, chest pain may make you wonder if you’re having a heart attack or if it’s something less serious. Because there’s no easy way to tell if your chest pain is life-threatening or something minor, the cardiovascular physicians at St. Louis Heart and Vascular, with six location serving St. Louis and the surrounding communities, urge you to seek immediate medical assistance for chest pain so they can determine the cause and administer lifesaving treatment if necessary. Call the office location closest to you for an appointment to learn more.
There are many different reasons you may be experiencing chest pain, and some of them are much more serious than others. The trouble is, there often isn’t an easy way to tell if you need emergency assistance or if you’re just having an anxiety attack. Knowing which symptoms indicate a more serious condition requiring immediate action can make a big difference in how and when you seek treatment.
Some common causes of chest pain include:
Chest pain symptoms that may indicate a serious heart problem include:
If you have any of these symptoms and have a history of high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, past heart attacks, or other risk factors like obesity and smoking, go to the nearest emergency medical facility or call 911 immediately.
If you’re at risk for heart disease, you’re also at risk for angina. Major risk factors for either of these serious conditions include:
The treatment for chest pain largely depends on the underlying cause. If your chest pain is related to your heart or problems with blocked arteries, or early signs of heart disease, you can begin by making important lifestyle changes to lower your risk of heart-related chest pain and life-threatening conditions like a heart attack.
The experienced team of cardiologists at St. Louis Heart and Vascular perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your chest pain so they can treat you immediately, if necessary, or prescribe a comprehensive treatment plant to prevent serious health scares in the future.
Call the location nearest you to schedule an appointment if you have chest pain symptoms that don’t seem life-threatening. If you have heart-related chest pain, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.