Chest Pain Specialist

Bhaktavatsala R Apuri, MD -  - Cardiology

Summit Medical Associates LLC

Bhaktavatsala R Apuri, MD

Cardiology located in Fort Wayne, IN & Topeka, IN

Chest pain can have many causes, and those causes can range from life-threatening to benign. Consequently, it's important to determine if your chest pain is a serious concern so, if it is, you can get the treatment you need from a highly experienced physician like Bhaktavatsala Apuri, MD, at Summit Medical Associates LLC in Topeka and Fort Wayne, Indiana. If you have concerns about chest pain, call Summit Medical Associates LLC, or request an appointment online today.

Chest Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of chest pain?

Chest pain typically feels like a squeezing or heavy pressure on your chest. It may be sporadic or continuous, and you may also have accompanying symptoms, including:

  • Breathing problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Erratic heartbeat
  • Sudden exhaustion

Although chest pain is sometimes due to acid reflux, it can also be something serious and even life-threatening, like a heart attack. Don't take chances when you're dealing with chest pain; see Dr. Apuri as soon as possible.

What are the most common causes of chest pain?

Angina is a common cause of chest pain that occurs when your heart's not getting sufficient blood. Around 9 million men and women in the U.S. have angina today. Although angina may sometimes be a symptom of heart disease, it doesn't cause permanent heart damage. However, it does require treatment.

Some other causes of chest pain include:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • GERD
  • Esophagitis
  • Gallstones

There are also many other possible causes of chest pain, so it's always safest to get checked out.

What are the warning signs of a heart attack?

Although many patients worry that chest pain automatically means you're experiencing a heart attack, it's often something else. However, it's smart to know the warning signs of a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association:

Chest discomfort

The sensation is often more uncomfortable than outright painful, although chest pain is possible. Usually, heart attacks cause middle-of-the-chest discomfort that continues for more than a few minutes.

Upper body discomfort

Often, heart attacks also cause discomfort in one or both of your arms, in your neck, back, jaw, or abdominal area.

Breathing problems

You may have shortness of breath, feeling like you have to struggle to draw air when you're having a heart attack.

You may also experience cold sweats, nausea, or a feeling of dizziness or lightheadedness.

How is chest pain diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Apuri can perform electrocardiograms and pulmonary function tests on-site in addition to comprehensive exams. If you need treatment for chest pain, Dr. Apuri can recommend lifestyle changes, prescribe appropriate medications, and help put the pain behind you for good.

Book your appointment for chest pain at Summit Medical Associates LLC by phone, or request one online today.