Cardiac Symptoms

Cardiac Chest Pain

Cardiac Chest Pain

Cardiac chest pain, also known as angina, is a symptom that occurs when there is a reduced blood flow to the heart muscle due to a blockage or narrowing of the coronary arteries. It is usually described as a squeezing, pressure, or tightness sensation in the chest. While it can be a sign of a serious heart condition, not all chest pain is cardiac in origin, and it’s important to seek medical evaluation to determine the cause.

Here are a few key points about cardiac chest pain:

  1. Location: Cardiac chest pain is typically felt in the center or left side of the chest. It may also radiate to the arms, jaw, neck, back, or stomach.
  2. Duration: Episodes of cardiac chest pain usually last for a few minutes, typically ranging from 2 to 5 minutes. If the pain lasts longer than 15 minutes, it may be indicative of a heart attack.
  3. Triggers: Cardiac chest pain is often brought on by physical exertion, emotional stress, exposure to cold temperatures, or after a heavy meal.
  4. Associated symptoms: Besides chest pain, other symptoms may accompany cardiac chest pain, such as shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, nausea, or a sense of impending doom.
  5. Relief: Rest or nitroglycerin medication can alleviate cardiac chest pain. If the pain persists or worsens despite rest, it may be an emergency and requires immediate medical attention.

If you experience chest pain that you suspect may be cardiac in nature, it’s crucial to seek prompt medical attention. A healthcare professional will evaluate your symptoms, perform a physical examination, and may order additional tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), blood tests, stress tests, or cardiac imaging, to determine the cause of the chest pain and provide appropriate treatment.

It’s important to note that while cardiac chest pain is a significant concern, there are other potential causes of chest pain, such as gastrointestinal issues, musculoskeletal problems, respiratory conditions, or anxiety. A medical professional can help differentiate between these causes and guide you towards the most appropriate management.

Same-Day Cardiac Care

RCC Cardiac Urgent Care is accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening cardiac symptoms, including:

PLEASE NOTE: that this is NOT a traditional Urgent Care Center treating any and all ailments. Our facility is ONLY for cardiac related symptoms.

At our Penn Cardiology Specialty Network facility, you will will be cared for by our team of cardiac specialists, and receive access to our state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, including:

  • EKG
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Test
    • Treadmill Stress Test
    • Stress Echo
    • Nuclear Stress Test
  • Halter Monitor
  • Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT)
  • Venous Doppler
  • Arterial Doppler
  • Carotid Doppler

We will work with your primary or referring physicians to develop a plan of treatment that is suited to meet your individual needs.

Same Day Vascular Care

We also provide accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening vascular symptoms, including:

  • Leg Pain or a Change in Color
  • Numbness or Loss of Feeling in Arms or Legs
  • Leg Swelling
  • Diagnosis of Blood Clots in Arms and Legs

Pre-Operative Cardiac Clearance with Rapid Reporting

As more and more complex procedures are performed in the outpatient and inpatient setting, the risk of perioperative cardiac complication increases. Regional Cardiology Consultants’ dedicated team specializes in providing the accurate and timely pre-op clearance required by patients.

Our services include:

  • Pre-op Consult by Board Certified Cardiologist
  • EKG
  • Other diagnostic testing as needed to clear your patients.

Better yet, all services can be performed in the convenience of our offices. In most cases, we can have a preliminary report for your physician the same day as our consult and a folder containing everything you need to proceed with planned surgery including the transcribed pre-op consult, EKG with interpretation, and any other testing required to be cleared for your procedure.

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