Our Pulmonologists/ chest medicine department diagnose and treat diseases by collaborating with colleagues in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology and surgeons in other specialties to provide comprehensive and effective treatment for patients. We provide comprehensive consultation, evaluation, and treatment of various lung diseases and conditions which include:
Chest pain is one of the most common symptoms that bring an individual to the emergency department. Seeking immediate care may be lifesaving, and considerable public education has been undertaken to get patients to seek medical care when chest pain strikes. You may be worried that you are having a heart attack, but there are many other causes of pain in the chest that the doctor will consider. Some diagnoses of chest pain are life threatening, while others are less dangerous.
Deciding the cause of chest pain is sometimes very difficult and may require blood tests, X-rays, CT scans and other tests to sort out the diagnosis. Often though, a careful history taken by the doctor may be all that is needed. There are many causes of chest pain, and while many are not serious, it may be difficult to distinguish a heart attack, pulmonary embolus, or aortic dissection, from another diagnosis that is not life threatening, like heartburn. For that reason, individuals are routinely advised to seek medical evaluation for most types of chest pain.
While each cause of chest pain has classic symptoms and signs, there are enough variations in symptoms that it may take specific testing to reach a diagnosis. Tests to diagnose chest pain will depend on your current health and results of any tests or pocedures.
Treatment for chest pain depends on the cause. Always seek medical care if you are having chest pain.