Chest Pain

Chest pain and heart trouble

Chest pain is the number-one symptom of heart trouble and heart attack. There are many types of chest pain that range from the sharp, stabbing kind to the dull, aching kind. Some patients describe their chest pain as crushing or burning. Their pain may travel to the neck, into the back or radiate down one or both arms. Chest pain can be caused by a number of problems. Of course, the most life-threatening problems involve your heart and lungs. Because chest pain has so many potential causes, it can be difficult to pinpoint the right one. So if you do feel any chest pain, it’s best to seek immediate medical help.

In many cases, the underlying cause of chest pain has nothing to do with your heart. But there is really no simple way to tell without seeing Dr. Ola Akinboboye.

When chest pain is heart-related

Although most people attribute chest pain to heart disease or an impending heart attack, many heart patients experience only a vague discomfort that they don’t consider “pain” at all. Typically, chest discomfort that’s related to a heart attack or heart problem is characterized as:

  • Feelings of pressure, fullness or tightness in the chest
  • Crushing or searing pain radiating to back, neck, jaw, shoulders and arms – particularly your left arm
  • Pain that lasts more than a few minutes, stops, then returns or varies in intensity
  • Shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness or nausea

The smartest thing you can do is call Dr. Ola’s office immediately if you or a loved one is feeling chest pain or discomfort. Call us at 718.949.9400 for help.

To learn more about chest pain or discomfort, residents of Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, South Jamaica, Rosedale, Elmont and Jamaica in Queens County, NY can call Queens Heart Institute at 718.949.9400. Or use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your comprehensive heart health consultation.