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Chest Pain Specialist

Peachstate Advanced Cardiac & Endovascular

Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist & Endovascular Specialist located in Atlanta, GA, Griffin, GA & Newnan, GA

Chest pain can be harmless, or it can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as heart disease. That’s why it’s important to see an experienced physician at the first sign of heart trouble. At Peachstate Advanced Cardiac and Endovascular (PACE) in Atlanta, Georgia, Griffin, Georgia & Newnan, Georgia, board-certified interventional and endovascular cardiologist Oghenerukevwe Odiete, MD, FACC, can diagnose and treat the underlying causes of chest pain before it begins affecting your life. For more information, contact Peachstate Advanced Cardiac and Endovascular (PACE).

Chest Pain Q & A

What is chest pain?

Chest pain, or angina, is a discomfort you can experience when your heart doesn’t receive enough oxygen-rich blood. While most people feel angina as a tightness or pain in their chest, you can also experience pain in your jaw, arms, neck, or back.

What causes chest pain?

There are countless reasons you may be experiencing chest pain, ranging from harmless to severe. Some of the most common causes of chest pain in adults include:

  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • Injured ribs
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Anxiety 
  • Panic attack
  • Blocked arteries
  • Esophageal problems
  • Pericarditis (inflammation around the heart)
  • Pneumonia
  • Blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism)
  • Lung problems
  • Problems with the pancreas

Determining the cause of your chest pain is the first step in determining the right treatment for you.

What are the risk factors associated with chest pain?

Chest pain, or angina, puts you at risk of developing more serious conditions, like stroke and heart attack. Some of the most common risk factors associated with heart disease and angina include:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Inactivity
  • Poor diet
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure

You are at a higher risk of developing angina if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over the age of 55. Heart conditions are often genetic, so talk to Dr. Odiete at Peachstate Advanced Cardiac and Endovascular (PACE) about your medical and family history if you think you might be at risk of chest pain.

How is chest pain treated?

Your chest pain treatment depends entirely on your underlying cause, age, risk factors, and health. If you have an underlying heart condition, Dr. Odiete designs a personalized treatment plan that suits your unique situation.

In most cases, major lifestyle changes are recommended to reduce your chances of chest pain in the future. Peachstate Advanced Cardiac and Endovascular (PACE) may suggest that you:

  • Exercise regularly, especially aerobic exercise
  • Eat a healthy diet low in red meat
  • Quit smoking
  • Decrease your alcohol consumption

Depending on your condition, Dr. Odiete may recommend certain medications to reduce angina pain and discomfort.

If you start experiencing chest pain, contact Peachstate Advanced Cardiac and Endovascular (PACE) for a comprehensive diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.