Chest Pain

Chest Pain Treatment

Chest pain is a symptom that can stop you in your tracks. Whether it strikes during your daily activities or wakes you in the night, the fear of what it might signify is almost as distressing as the pain itself. But, not all chest pain is linked to a heart attack. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, our team has the latest technology and knowledge to provide you with the answers and treatment you need. Read below for important information that can help you make the best choices for chest pain treatment. 

Understanding Chest Pain

It's important to understand that while heart-related issues are a common concern, other conditions like gastrointestinal problems, respiratory issues, or even muscle strain can manifest as chest discomfort. The most alarming cause of chest pain is, of course, heart disease. Conditions like coronary artery disease, myocarditis, and myocardial infarction can all present with chest pain. These require immediate medical attention to avoid further complications. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, asthma, and panic attacks are also frequent culprits. For instance, the pain from GERD often mimics that of cardiac pain, leading to unnecessary panic. Understanding the different characteristics of pain can help differentiate between heart-related and other medical issues.

When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention for Chest Pain

Knowing when to seek help is critical in managing chest pain effectively. Immediate medical attention is required if chest pain is accompanied by symptoms such as:

  • Severe discomfort that feels like pressure, squeezing, or pain in the center or left side of the chest
  • Pain that extends past your chest to your shoulder, arm, back, or even your jaw
  • Ongoing pain that lasts more than a few minutes gets worse with activity, goes away and comes back, or varies in intensity
  • Shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, or lightheadedness

Diagnostic Tests for Evaluating Chest Pain

When you visit a doctor for chest pain, they may recommend several diagnostic tests to determine the cause:

  • Electrocardiogram: records electrical activities of the heart and can help identify abnormalities that suggest a heart attack or ischemia.
  • Echocardiogram: uses ultrasound to for images of the heart's structure and function, helping to detect issues such as heart muscle damage.
  • Stress Tests: measures your heart's performance and health during physical stress, usually by walking on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike.
  • Blood Tests: specific enzymes and proteins in the blood can indicate heart muscle damage. These tests are crucial for diagnosing or ruling out a heart attack.
Chest Pain
Chest Pain

Chest Pain in Women

Chest pain in women can often be subtle or even completely absent when it comes to heart disease. Women are more likely to experience symptoms such as:

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Shortness of breath without chest pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Understanding these unique presentations in women is vital, as they may delay seeking help due to less recognizable symptoms. Women also have risk factors like menopause, which affects the elasticity of blood vessels, potentially increasing the risk of heart disease.

Do You Need Professional Chest Pain Treatment?

Chest pain should never be ignored. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we are committed to providing comprehensive care that helps you manage your heart health with confidence. If you're experiencing chest pain, don't hesitate; to contact us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced heart doctor for chest pain.

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair