Pressure, squeezing, or burning in your chest can indicate ischemic chest pain, more commonly called angina. This type of chest pain serves as the primary symptom of heart disease and signals your risk for heart attack.
For angina of symptoms, call 911 or visit a Dignity Health Central Coast hospital for emergency care. Our award-winning cardiac care experts recognizes angina as an early sign of a more significant heart conditions.
Find a Doctor today to learn more about angina on the Central Coast from a cardiologist who practices heart care with a philosophy of dignity and respect.
Recognizing Angina Symptoms at Dignity Health Central Coast
In addition to chest pain, discomfort can radiate to your jaw, neck, or shoulders. You also might think you have heartburn. Our heart doctors describe angina as either stable angina, which occurs when you exercise or after activities, or unstable angina that can happen unexpectedly during rest.
If you or a loved one have unstable angina or any of these symptoms, along with chest pain, call 911 or seek immediate emergency care:
Our bodies are amazing structures, and these early warning signs provide a way for us to get necessary medical treatment. Decrease your chance of long-term problems and help save your life with compassionate cardiac care at Dignity Health Central Coast.
Pinpointing Angina Causes with Personalized Care
Coronary artery disease, or CAD, is among the most common causes of angina. Fatty buildup leads to a narrowing of your arteries, limiting the supply of fresh blood to your heart. This condition puts additional strain on your heart and puts you at risk of heart failure and heart attack.
Dignity Health Central Coast comes fully equipped to carefully diagnose and treat your angina. Our comprehensive cardiac team consists of cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, cardiologists, skilled nurses, and other specially trained health care providers. All remained focused on your physical, mental, and spiritual needs throughout your heart care.
Angina Treatment for Your Health & Well-Being
To provide a thorough diagnosis of angina on the Central Coast, your heart doctor will use all or some of these tests:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Stress test
- Heart imaging using a CT scan or chest X-ray
- Coronary angiography
- Blood tests
The key to your treatment for angina rests in the underlying cause, which is typically heart disease. Your doctor will develop a treatment plan that takes into consideration your personal needs. Treatment may range from lifestyle changes to heart surgery.
Prevention, a healthy lifestyle, and heart care can help you live a long, happy life. Schedule an appointment with a skilled heart doctor at Dignity Health Central Coast to learn how you can maintain your heart health.
Dignity Health’s award-winning cardiac programs include care for angina on the Central Coast of California.