Chest Pain Treatment Questions and Answers

If you feel chest pain, rush to Northwest Ohio Urgent Care. Our doctors and professional medical staff will provide a thorough checkup with comprehensive treatment to cure your chest pain. For more information, call our team today to book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Toledo, OH, and Maumee, OH.

Chest Pain Treatment Near Me in Toledo, OH, and Maumee, OH
Chest Pain Treatment Near Me in Toledo, OH, and Maumee, OH

The chest houses many vital organs, such as the heart and lungs, as well as the esophagus, trachea, and thoracic diaphragm. These organs are ensconced in the ribcage, a well-protected region safe from the external environment. When pain occurs in the chest, it can be the result of many different causes, such as muscle soreness or abnormalities of the organs in this region. Causes of chest pain can range from mild, such as muscle pain, to severe, such as heart attack. Fortunately, there are medical professionals who dedicate their careers to helping patients diagnose, treat and prevent chest pain and can help people of all backgrounds get to the root of their problem.

What causes chest pain?

Common causes of chest pain can be caused by heart problems, lung problems, gastrointestinal problems, or musculoskeletal problems.

These heart problems are common causes:

  • Coronary artery disease, or CAD
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Myocarditis
  • Pericarditis
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Coronary artery dissection

These lung problems are common causes of chest pain:

  • Pleuritis
  • Pneumonia or lung abscess
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Asthma
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

Gastrointestinal problems can also cause chest pain and may include any of the following conditions:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Esophageal contraction disorders
  • Esophageal hypersensitivity
  • Esophageal rupture or perforation
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallbladder problems

Common musculoskeletal problems that can cause chest pain include:

  • Overuse injuries
  • An injury to the chest area
  • Rib problems
  • Muscle strain
  • Shingles

Other potential causes of chest pain include the following:

  • Viruses can also cause pain in the chest area
  • Anxiety and panic attacks, with symptoms that may include:
  • dizziness
  • sensation of shortness of breath
  • palpitations
  • tingling sensations
  • trembling

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned signs or symptoms of chest pain, it is essential to see a medical professional as soon as possible. Chest pain can indicate a serious medical problem, and it can also be benign in nature. Without a professional medical evaluation, it is impossible to tell whether the cause of chest pain is serious or not.

What do chest pains feel like?

Chest pain can be felt anywhere from the neck to the upper abdomen. Depending on its cause, chest pain may be:

  • Sharp
  • Dull
  • Burning
  • Aching
  • Stabbing
  • A tight, squeezing, or crushing sensation

When should I go to the doctor for chest pain?

You should go to the doctor right away if you are experiencing the following signs and symptoms associated with chest pain:

  • a crushing sensation on the breastbone
  • pain that radiates to the left arm, jaw, or back
  • confusion
  • an accelerating heartbeat
  • rapid breathing

How do I know if my chest pain is serious?

Chest pain may be serious if:

  • You are over the age of 40 and have one or more risk factors for coronary heart disease (CAD), such as:
  • family history
  • smoking
  • obesity
  • elevated cholesterol
  • diabetes
  • The pain is accompanied by:
  • chest tightness
  • squeezing
  • heaviness
  • a crushing sensation
  • weakness
  • nausea
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • The pain radiates to the shoulders, arms, jaw
  • The pain is more severe than what you have previously experienced
  • The pain is unlike anything you have ever experienced before
  • The pain progressively worsens over the first 15 minutes

If you are experiencing chest pain, seek care right away! At NorthWest Ohio Urgent Care, we can help determine the cause of the pain and work with you to treat its underlying cause. We have convenient locations to better serve you: one in Toledo, and one in Maumee. Toledo residents can call us to book an appointment, or by visiting our office conveniently located at 5911 Benore Rd, Toledo, OH 43612. Maumee residents can book an appointment by calling or by visiting our clinic at 1015 Conant St, Maumee, OH 43537. We serve patients from Maumee OH, Toledo OH, Perrysburg OH, Monclova OH, Waterville OH, Holland OH, Rossford OH, Bowling Green OH, Haskins OH, and Walbridge OH.


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