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What Could Be Causing Your Chest Pain?

Chest Pain

There are a wide variety of causes for chest pain, from acid reflux to heart attack. Any part of the chest can be the source of the pain. If you are experiencing any pain or heaviness in your chest that lasts more than a few seconds or minutes, you could be experiencing a life-threatening event. Consider dialing 911 immediately and visiting your local emergency care center. The potentially life-threatening causes of chest pain include:

  • Angina
    This occurs when a partial blockage of a coronary artery prevents the heart muscle from getting an adequate blood supply. Angina causes intermittent pain, but no permanent damage to the heart.
  • Heart Attack (or Myocardial Infarction)
    A heart attack occurs when the coronary arteries become completely blocked. The heart muscle does not receive any oxygen and the tissue becomes damaged or dies.
  • Pulmonary Embolism
    This condition is not associated with the heart, but with the lungs. When a blood clot causes a blockage in one of the major vessels that supply the lungs with blood, one can experience intense chest pain.
  • Perforated Viscus
    A perforated viscus is a tear or hole in the wall of the gastrointestinal tract that allows air to enter the abdominal cavity, which can cause chest pain.
  • Aortic Dissection
    This is a tear in the inner lining of the aorta, the artery that supplies blood to the vital organs of the body. Pain occurs in the chest and can also radiate to the back and other parts of the body.
  • Spontaneous Pneumothorax
    A spontaneous pneumothorax occurs when air enters the chest cavity and alters the pressure balance of the lung. The lung becomes unable to re-expand, cutting off the oxygen supply to the body.
  • Cocaine
    Cocaine use can induce chest pain by causing the blood vessels of the body to constrict, decreasing blood flow to the heart.

The following conditions may cause chest pain, but are typically not immediately life-threatening:

  • Herpes zoster
  • Acid reflux
  • Esophageal spasm
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute pericarditis
  • Mitral valve prolapse

If you or a loved one is experiencing any kind of chest pain or pressure, seriously consider calling 911 and contacting your cardiac care doctor. Learn more about Good Samaritan Hospital and our services by contacting us at (408) 559-2011.

Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia

Gestational hypertension, also known as preeclampsia, is a condition occurring in pregnant women that leads to high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Preeclampsia typically develops during the later stages of the second trimester or the early part of the third trimester and can cause serious risks to a pregnant woman and her developing child.  Learn more about this gestational condition by watching this video clip.

At Good Samaritan Hospital, we are committed to providing the highest standard of medical care for expectant mothers and their families. To learn more about us and our services, visit our website or contact us at (408) 559-2011.

Check your medicine cabinet!

Check your medicine cabinet, purse and pockets for Excedrin, Bufferin, GasX and NoDoz with expiration dates up to 12-20-14. Everything earlier is recalled by Novartis. Throw these OTCs away or return to Novartis for a refund.

Good Sam welcomed 269 December arrivals!

269 babies arrived at Good Sam in December in time to celebrate the New Year with their families. That included eight sets of twins. Our tiniest NICU baby weighed one pound, two ounces. Our perinatal team works very hard to prevent premature delivery, but is prepared to provide the highest level of care when needed.

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Are you looking for exercise tips for pregnancy? How does depression relate to heart disease? If you are interested in more information on maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine during pregnancy, how heart disease and depression are related, or how texting can help patients find out about emergency room wait times, then check out these great resources.

  • This article from Good Samaritan Hospital’s health content page discusses your rights as a patient.
  • Did you know that you can receive hospital ER wait times via text message? Learn more about this innovative program by visiting
  • What should you be eating during pregnancy? Make sure you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients you need to support a healthy pregnancy with this article from Good Samaritan Hospital’s health content pages.
  • Check out this article form for tips on healthy eating during pregnancy.
  • Which foods should you eat while pregnant? Find out with this link from
  • Make sure you know which exercises to avoid during pregnancy by visiting this link from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
  • How can you stay in shape during pregnancy? Learn more about which exercise activities are safe to participate in during pregnancy with this article from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  • Check out this article from the American Heart Association for an overview on cardiovascular disease.
  • Learn how depression is linked to heart health with this article from
  • What are the risk factors for stroke? Find out with this link from the National Stroke Association.

For more information, visit our website or give Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose a call at (408) 559-2011 today!

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