Cardiologist located in Pomona, Montclair, & West Covina, CA
Chest pain is a symptom you shouldn’t ignore — it might turn out to be indigestion, but if there's a chance your heart is causing the pain, swift action can make all the difference. If you've been experiencing chest pain, interventional cardiologist Yogesh Paliwal, MD, and his team at Indus Cardiology can help. At their three locations in Pomona, Montclair, and West Covina, California, they can diagnose the cause of your chest pain and find the most effective treatment. Call Indus Cardiology to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Do I need to see a doctor if I have chest pain?
Many of the causes of chest pain aren't anything too serious — you might simply have a sore muscle after a busy day, for instance. However, as chest pain can be a symptom of heart problems, it's unwise to ignore this symptom.
There are conditions that can cause chest pain that don't relate to your heart but could still benefit from medical attention. Common causes of chest pain that aren't heart-related include panic attacks, acid reflux (heartburn), and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The Indus Cardiology team has considerable experience and expertise in diagnosing the causes of heart-related chest pain. They also have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and other testing technologies.
Why might I have heart-related chest pain?
Heart-related chest pain could be due to several cardiac conditions, including:
Angina is one of the leading causes of heart-related chest pain. It's often due to atherosclerosis — the buildup of fatty deposits (plaque) inside the arteries supplying your heart with blood. Plaque narrows the space in your arteries, restricting how much blood can get to your heart.
A heart attack is often the main fear people have when experiencing chest pain. It happens when a blood clot or other obstruction blocks the arteries serving your heart muscle.
The aorta is the primary artery taking blood away from your heart. An aortic dissection occurs when the aorta's inner layers separate and blood forces itself between them. This can lead to a potentially life-threatening rupture of the aorta.
Pericarditis causes inflammation in the sac covering your heart. It typically causes a sharp pain that worsens when you breathe in or lie down.
What treatment might I need for chest pain?
The treatment you need for your chest pain depends on what's causing your symptoms. With heart conditions, your provider at Indus Cardiology is likely to advise you of any issues that could be contributing to your chest pain, like smoking or being overweight or obese.
You might need to take medications to manage problems like arrhythmia and reduce your risk of blood clots. Some patients with chest pain might need to undergo a procedure, such as balloon angioplasty and stenting, using minimally invasive cardiac catheterization techniques.
To find out what's causing your chest pain and get the treatment you need, call Indus Cardiology today or book an appointment online.