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What are the common causes of Chest Pain?
There are many different causes of chest pain, but the most common heart problems causing chest pain include:
- Pericarditis – usually causing a sudden, sharp stabbing pain that gets worse when you breath deeply or lie down. It can affect you at any age, and is less serious than angina.
- Angina or a heart attack – This is much more serious. If you have a pressing pain in the chest, upper abdomen, neck or left arm that is worse on exercise and better at rest, please seek attention as this may get more serious, come on at rest and turn into a heart attack.
Dr Iqbal Malik, Director of Cardiology at OneWelbeck Heart Health explains the causes, assessment, and treatments for chest pain
Risk factors for Angina
Angina is more likely in those who:
- Are obese
- Have high blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Have a history of heart attacks or angina in family members under 60 years of age
What should I do if I have Chest Pain?
Most chest pain isn’t usually a sign of anything serious, but it is always worth seeking medical advice. If you think you are having a heart attack, please call 999 immediately.
At OneWelbeck Hearth Health, our leading group of consultant cardiologists can assess your risk, and either reassure you or get immediate treatment started.
You may need ECG, Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) and bloods in the 1st instance.
What we can do to help
For chest pain symptoms, and angina diagnosis, we can carry out the following investigations and tests:
- Blood tests
- Stress echocardiogram
- Exercise test
- Myocardial perfusion scanning
- CT coronary angiogram
Treatments can include:
- Coronary angioplasty
Chest Pain Specialists
Our Heart Health specialists at OneWelbeck in London are leaders in their field. They are equipped with the latest diagnostic medical technology at custom-built, day-case facilities to investigate any symptoms and ensure you receive the best available care.
To speak with a specialist about Chest Pain, contact our team today.
We are available from Monday to Friday: 8am – 8pm.