Managing ongoing chest pain symptoms

Chest pain is a well-known sign of a heart attack, but there are dozens of other problems that could be causing it. These range from panic attacks and heartburn to ulcers and infections. Your family physician or cardiac care specialist can recommend treatment options for managing ongoing or chronic chest pain. Of course, patients should always seek emergency care if they suddenly develop chest pain, just in case it really is a heart attack. At Good Samaritan Hospital , a modern cardiac care hospital, our emergency care physicians are available 24/7 to help you.

Managing angina

Angina is the symptom of pain or pressure in the chest . Most often, it’s the result of coronary artery disease. The chest pain occurs when the blood flow to the heart decreases. A cardiac care specialist can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for angina, which usually includes medications. Lifestyle changes to prevent coronary artery disease can also help you prevent angina. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear an emergency care physician explain some of the most effective habits to prevent chest pain. They include:

  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise safely
  • Eat a nutritious, balanced diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Manage underlying conditions like high blood pressure

Controlling heartburn

The pain of heartburn can be intense. It’s often mistaken for a heart attack. If you experience frequent heartburn, consider talking to your doctor. If left untreated, more serious medical problems can develop. To prevent episodes of heartburn, try the following:

  • Eat smaller meals
  • Avoid lying down after eating
  • Avoid spicy and fatty foods
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Sleep on an incline
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Reduce or avoid caffeine

Coping with panic attacks

Panic disorder is a mental health issue that can cause episodes of severe physical symptoms. These can mimic a heart attack. You may experience:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart rate

These symptoms can be frightening. It’s a good idea to seek emergency care to rule out a potential heart attack. If you are diagnosed with panic disorder, there are effective treatments available, including medications and psychotherapy. You might also try the following:

  • Reduce caffeine
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Practice stress management
  • Join a support group

The health and quality of life of our patients are our highest priorities here at Good Samaritan Hospital. As an accredited Chest Pain Center, our state-of-the-art hospital in San Jose provides specialized cardiac care for patients of all ages. Call 911 for emergency care or call (888) 724-2362 to speak with a registered nurse at our hospital.

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