CT Angiogram for Chest Pain Evaluation Has Problems

If studies show the accuracy of CT angiogram for detecting heart disease, why isn’t this tool used more often in chest pain ER cases?             Studies have shown the efficacy of the Read more...

Chest Pain, CT Angiograms|

Why Isn’t CT Angiogram Commonly Used in ER for Chest Pain?

Why are ERs still in the Dark Ages when it comes to evaluating chest pain when the CT angiogram can dramatically improve efficacy and accuracy? Yet another study shows the value of the CT angiogram Read more...

Chest Pain, CT Angiograms|

How Soon After Chest Pain Should You Go to ER?

So how long should you wait after getting chest pain to call for help? It’s immediately. This directive comes from a recent ACC 2012 meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. “Time is heart muscle,” as the saying Read more...

Chest Pain|

How Long Should Chest Pain Be Before Visiting ER?

Find out what a study says about the relationship between chest pain duration in the ER and heart attack. How long should you wait with your chest pain before deciding it's time to visit the emergency Read more...

Chest Pain, Chest Pain Causes (heart)|

Chest Pain, ER Visit: Follow-Up within 30 Days Is Critical

You’re not out of the woods if a doctor discharges you from the emergency room after you reported chest pain. It may be a matter of life or death that you follow up within 30 Read more...

Chest Pain, Heart Attack Symptoms|

Sudden Brief Pain at End of Sternum: Possible Cause

Sudden brief “dings” of pain that occur in the divot at the bottom of the sternum might have a benign cause. I can only speak from my experience, but it’s very fair to conclude that Read more...

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Left Side Chest Pain When Exhaling: Possible Causes

A cardiologist explains possible causes of left side chest pain when exhaling. For this article I consulted with Dr. Donna P. Denier, MD, F.A.C.C., Faculty Clinical Cardiologist at South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY. “Left sided Read more...

Chest Pain, Chest Pain Causes (heart)|

Will an Unstable Angina Attack at Rest Worsen if You Start Moving?

If you have an attack of unstable angina while at rest, will the pain get worse if you begin engaging in physical activity? For this article I consulted with Dr. Donna P. Denier, MD, F.A.C.C., Read more...

Angina, Chest Pain|

Can Angina Last for Only Seconds?

. Here’s what a cardiologist says about that sudden chest pain that lasts only seconds: angina or somehow related to your heart? For this article I consulted with Donna P. Denier, MD, F.A.C.C., Faculty Clinical Read more...

Angina, Chest Pain, Chest Pain Causes (non-heart)|

Shortest Time Angina Pain Can Last?

Here’s the answer from a cardiologist to what the shortest duration of time is for angina pain. For this article I consulted with Donna P. Denier, MD, F.A.C.C., Faculty Clinical Cardiologist, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, Read more...

Angina, Chest Pain|

What Does Chest Pain Only when Breathing Mean?

The good news is that chest pain only when breathing probably doesn't mean a heart attack, but the real bad news is that it likely means that there is something else wrong with your heart. Read more...

Chest Pain, Chest Pain Causes (heart)|

Why Can Acute Stress Sometimes Cause Chest Pain?

Here’s what a cardiologist says about how sudden stress can cause chest pain. For this article I interviewed Donna P. Denier, MD, F.A.C.C., Faculty Clinical Cardiologist, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY. “Acute stress can lead Read more...

Which Side Chest Pain More Likely Means Heart Attack, Illness?

A cardiologist explains which side that chest pain is more likely to mean a heart problem or attack. For this article I consulted with Donna P. Denier, MD, F.A.C.C., Faculty Clinical Cardiologist at South Nassau Communities Read more...

Chest Pain, Heart Attack, Heart Attack Symptoms|

How Does Sudden Emotional Stress Cause Angina?

Sudden stress or anxiety has a specific way of causing angina or chest pain, even in healthy people. For this article I consulted with Dr. Donna P. Denier, MD, F.A.C.C., Faculty Clinical Cardiologist, South Nassau Communities Read more...

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Chest Pain: Persistent vs. Intermittent vs. Sharp vs. Dull Ache

Here is what a cardiologist says about different kinds of chest pain like sharp, dull, persistent, intermittent. For this article I consulted with Donna P. Denier, MD, F.A.C.C., Faculty Clinical Cardiologist, at South Nassau Communities Hospital, Read more...

Can Vomiting Be Caused by Angina?

Vomiting can definitely be related to a problem with the heart, including angina. For this article I consulted with Donna P. Denier, MD, F.A.C.C., Faculty Clinical Cardiologist, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY. “Angina can lead Read more...

Angina, Chest Pain|

Can Angina Be Ruled out with a CT Scan?

Is it possible for a CT scan to rule out angina? I found this question in a medical forum, and so I thought I’d make a small article about it, featuring an expert source whom Read more...

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Soft Plaque Rupture, Chest Pain, Low Heart Disease Risk?

Can chest pain in a physically fit person with low heart disease risk be caused by a soft plaque rupture? For this article I consulted with Monica Reynolds, MD, a cardiologist with ColumbiaDoctors Medical Group in White Read more...

Chest Pain, Heart Disease, Heart Disease Causes|

Can Angina Come and Go Every Second?

Find out what a cardiologist says regarding if angina can come and go in very short episodes, like a light switch being turned on and off, on and off. “By definition, angina occurs when the Read more...

Angina, Chest Pain, Chest Pain Causes (non-heart)|

Angina During Rest but Never from Exertion

Read about a type of angina that can occur at rest but not during exertion. Maybe you know that “unstable angina” can occur at rest, even during sleep and awaken the patient, but this type Read more...

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