Heart & Vascular

Chest Pain

Cardiovascular disease is the broad term used for a variety of heart and blood vessel diseases. It encompasses a wide range of conditions with many impacted by lifestyle choices.

Angina is chest pain or discomfort occurring in an area of your heart muscle as a result of not getting enough oxygen-rich blood. Pressure or squeezing may be felt in the chest and pain may also occur in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back and may feel like indigestion. Angina is not a disease – it is a symptom of an underlying heart problem, usually Coronary Artery Disease.

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Prevention
  • Continue the modification of risk factors – eliminate tobacco use, exercise regularly, eat a heart-healthy diet, reduce stress and take any/all medications prescribed by your doctor.
  • Regular follow-up with your doctor

If you have had surgery, attend a cardiac rehabilitation program.

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Treatment Options

Specific treatment will be determined by your doctor based upon your diagnosis, age, overall health, medical history, extent of disease, tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies.

Treatments may include:

  • Modification of risk factors including smoking, elevated cholesterol levels, lack of exercise, poor dietary habits, obesity and stress.
  • Medication Management to improve angina. This includes:
    • Aspirin
    • Nitrates
    • Beta blockers
    • Statins
    • Calcium channel blockers
    • Angiostensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • Coronary angioplasty – a balloon is used to create a larger opening in the vessel to increase blood flow into the heart
  • Coronary artery bypass – during this surgery a bypass is created by grating a piece of a vein above and below the blocked area of a coronary artery, enabling blood flow around the obstruction

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Exams and Tests

Along with a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures to determine if angina is related to a serious heart condition may include:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Stress test
  • Holter Monitoring

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Ajay Abichandani, MD

Ajay Abichandani, MD

Cardiology

Nuclear Cardiology

Internal Medicine

David Allen, DO

David Allen, DO

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Jose Amortegui, MD

Jose Amortegui, MD

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Surgery (General Surgery)

Marcus Averbach, MD

Marcus Averbach, MD

Cardiology

Nuclear Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Todd Banning, DO

Todd Banning, DO

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Navtej Brar, DO

Navtej Brar, DO

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Francis Burt, MD

Francis Burt, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

John Cassel, MD

John Cassel, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Christopher Cutitta, DO

Christopher Cutitta, DO

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Devang Dave, MD

Devang Dave, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Bhavin Dumaswala, MD

Bhavin Dumaswala, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Michael Durkin, MD

Michael Durkin, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Raymond Durkin, MD

Raymond Durkin, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Interventional Cardiology

J Fitzpatrick, MD

J Fitzpatrick, MD

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Surgery (General Surgery)

James Gallagher, MD

James Gallagher, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Samuel Giamber, MD

Samuel Giamber, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

William Gioia, DO

William Gioia, DO

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Paul Gulotta, MD

Paul Gulotta, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Sobhan Kodali, MD

Sobhan Kodali, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Richard Kolecki, MD

Richard Kolecki, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Interventional Cardiology

Hardik Mangrolia, MD

Hardik Mangrolia, MD

Cardiology

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Internal Medicine

Ather Mansoor, MD

Ather Mansoor, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Jake Marais, MD

Jake Marais, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

William Markson, MD

William Markson, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Lynn Moran, DO

Lynn Moran, DO

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Stephen Olenchock, DO

Stephen Olenchock, DO

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Rujul Patel, DO

Rujul Patel, DO

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Vidya Ponnathpur, MD

Vidya Ponnathpur, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Arthur Popkave, MD

Arthur Popkave, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Amit Prasad, MD

Amit Prasad, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Peter Puleo, MD

Peter Puleo, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Interventional Cardiology

Christopher Sarnoski, DO

Christopher Sarnoski, DO

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Interventional Cardiology

Arjinder Sethi, MD

Arjinder Sethi, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Jamshid Shirani, MD

Jamshid Shirani, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Narpinder Singh, MD

Narpinder Singh, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Interventional Cardiology

Michael Summers, DO

Michael Summers, DO

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Luis Tejada, MD

Luis Tejada, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Interventional Cardiology

Dwithiya Thomas, MD

Dwithiya Thomas, MD

Cardiology

Internal Medicine