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Chest Pain

Our Expert Care: Learn More About Chest Pain

Lee Health invites you to read more about what causes chest pain, symptoms you should pay attention to, and treatment options to help you heal quickly.

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Understanding Chest Pain

Chest pain is not something that should be ignored as it can be a sign of a serious heart problem. Chest pain can be caused by a variety of conditions that impact the health of your heart and arteries. Understanding your risk for heart conditions and how to reduce that risk is an important part of living a heart-healthy life.

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  • At the first sign of a heart attack, every second counts. Our emergency cardiac care team is available 24 hours a day at our four adult hospitals.

Common Causes or Conditions Related to Chest Pain

Acute Coronary Syndrome
Acute Coronary Syndrome sometimes referred to as unstable angina is a general term used to describe a range of conditions associates with sudden, reduced blood flow to the heart, including heart attack (myocardial infarction)  and unstable angina.

Angina (Chest Pain)
Angina, also known as angina pectoris, refers to pain originating from the heart. This sensation may be felt as chest pain or pressure in the chest.

Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease commonly known as CAD refers to any illness that affects the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle.

Heart Attack
A heart attack is when the blood supply to your heart suddenly becomes blocked. If the blood supply is not restored quickly, part of the heart muscle will die from lack of oxygen.

Pericardial Disorders
Pericardial Disorder symptoms include chest pain, rapid heartbeat and difficulty breathing.

Valvular Heart Disease
The heart has four heart valves that function as one-way gates, opening and closing to allow the chambers to fill and empty at opportune moments. When something is wrong with one of these valves, you have heart valve disease.

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What are good heart-healthy diet and lifestyle choices?

While your age is considered a risk factor for blocked arteries, an unhealthy lifestyle can increase your risk of arterial clogging at a young age. For most people risk factors for clogged arteries increase in males after 45 and women after 55.

To reduce your risk lead a heart healthy life by:

  • Eating a heart-healthy diet by eating fewer foods that contain saturated fats, such as meats and other animal products.
  • Exercising regularly: 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, 75-150 minutes of vigorous exercise, or a combination of the two.
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Limiting Alcohol Consumption: CDC guidelines recommend 2 or fewer drinks per day for males or 1 drink per day or fewer for females.

Who should I contact?

For questions related to cardiovascular care or services, email us at [email protected].


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