Chest Pain (angina)
Several heart conditions can produce chest pain. Angina is chest pain that feels like squeezing, pressure or tightness and may radiate to other parts of the body. Sudden or severe pain may be caused by an aortic dissection or tear, or a heart attack.
Call 911 for emergency help if chest pain comes on suddenly, spreads or is accompanied by breathing problems, rapid heart rate, nausea or other side effects. All chest pain occurrences should be discussed with a physician.
Cardiovascular patients at Abington Memorial Hospital benefit from advanced technology for diagnostics and treatment. With chest pain, using the latest evaluation methods helps determine the cause more precisely. That enables up-to-date and appropriate treatment to be given speedily.
Read a chest pain patient’s story about how a call to 911 and quick action by the Abington team led to successful treatment of a massive heart attack.
For expertise on diagnosing and treating chest pain, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center.