Chest and heart problems involve the structures and organs in the chest. This includes the lungs, heart, and great vessels (a)orta and pulmonary arteries and veins of the heart and lungs.
Examples of chest and heart problems are:
At Dignity Health, our highly skilled doctors provide expert emergency treatment for heart problems, including heart attack and cardiac arrest. All of our hospitals are designated Cardiac Arrest Cancers by the Arizona Department of Health Services. For emergency services for chest and heart problems in Arizona, call 9-1-1 or use our online waiting service, InQuicker™, to select your estimated arrival time to one of our ERs.
Symptoms of Heart Emergency
Signs and symptoms of chest and heart emergency depend upon the specific condition and differ from person to person. Some heart and lung problems are life threatening and need treatment as soon as possible. Do not try to diagnose yourself.
Call 9-1-1 for these symptoms of chest and heart problems:
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or rapid breathing
- Chest pain or pressure
- Coughing up blood or bloody sputum
- Back, neck, or jaw pain
- Bluish lips or nails
- Nausea and vomiting
- Excessive sweating or cold sweats
- Weakness or fatigue
It’s important to know that symptoms of chest or heart problems can sometimes be vague. If you suspect something is wrong, always use caution and get help.
Causes of Heart Problems
The most common cause of many heart problems is atherosclerosis, a buildup of fatty plaque inside your arteries.
Risk factors for developing heart problems are:
- High blood pressure
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Overweight or obesity
- Diet high in fat and cholesterol
You can experience chest and heart problems even if you have no risk factors.
Treatment & Prevention of Heart Emergency at Dignity Health
Our treatment and prevention strategies depend upon the specific chest or heart problem. Emergency treatment may involve medications, a catheter-based procedure, or surgery.
Once your condition is stable, treatment may focus on relieving symptoms, preventing complications, or correcting physical problems such as narrowed arteries. Our rehabilitation programs, such as cardiac rehabilitation, can help you recover.
Preventing chest and heart problems involves reducing risk factors through lifestyle changes and medications. Lifestyle changes are:
Dignity Health provides high-quality emergency services, including treatment for heart emergency such as heart attack and cardiac arrest, in Arizona.
- Losing weight if you are overweight or obese
- Increasing your physical activity
- Changing your diet
- Controlling other medical conditions