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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Angina (Definition)

Angina is chest pain that is caused by poor blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina is not an actual disease, but rather a symptom of an existing heart problem. Most commonly, this underlying problem is due to an obstruction of the coronary blood vessels that surround the heart. There are different types of angina including stable angina, unstable ...Read more


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Burning pain in chest and jaw is it angina?

Burning pain in chest and jaw    is it angina?

CALL 911 NOW!: This pain can be due to the heart not getting enough oxygen. Please call an ambulance right now and go to the emergency department. ...Read more

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Chest tightness not angina, could it be hiatal hernia?

Chest tightness not angina, could it be hiatal hernia?

Possibly: If you have gerd with a sliding type hh, esophageal spasm can cause chest pain very similar to cardiac pain. A para esophageal hernia can also cause retrosternal pain. You should see your physician for an appropriate work up. Gb colic can also cause pain thought to be cardiac in origin. ...Read more

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Is left arm and chest pain always cardiac related?

Is left arm and chest pain always cardiac related?

Pain: Left arm and chest pain are not always cardiac related. Within the spectrum of symptoms of cardiac ischemia lie the pains in left arm and chest. Many other things can also cause these symptoms. When the symptoms are associated with other complaints and findings, they are compatible with cardiac relation. ...Read more

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I'm having chest pains. Could it be microvascular angina?

Yes: It certainly can be. Chest pain that is exertional in nature should be investigated by a stress test and if there is some suspicion or an abnormal ekg, possibly an imaging stress test. Several imaging tests will show the possibility of microvascular insufficiency of the heart (nuclear stress testing, pet, and mri). ...Read more

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Stabbing chest pain while exhaling that's not a heart attack. Any ideas?

Stabbing chest pain while exhaling that's not a heart attack. Any ideas?

Maybe pericardial: Pain which is altered by breathing may be due to irritation in the tissue surrounding the heart- the pericardium. Other cause could be the lung tissue itself. ...Read more

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Intermittent left side sternum and left breast pain. Sharp short pain. No other symptoms. Cannot be reproduced. Muscular? Cardiac? Esophagus?

Commonly: I see breast pain patients that turn out to have costochondritis. This is inflammation of the rib joint at the sternum. But you need to have an exam to determine the origin of the pain. ...Read more

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My understanding: chest pain worsening upon exertion can be CAD. If chest pain sometimes present but NEVER during vigorous exercise, is CAD unlikely?

Unlikely...: Usually chest pain associated with CAD occurs upon exertion since this is the time when more workload it is put on your heart and requires high oxygen supply so if there is a clot or plaque obstructing should cause more symptoms during activity.It can also happen at rest but if it happens while doing exercise. A definite answer should be pursued by getting evaluated.F/u w/ your doctor on this. ...Read more

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Is there usually left shoulder/arm/jaw pain associated with angina pectoris?

Referred pain: The heart isn't typically an at where the body feels pain, so when pain sensations from angina occur, the brain essentially looks for a way to translate them. This typically is translated as pain in the shoulder, arm, and sometimes jaw. Since the heart is slightly offset to the left side of the body, thats where the pain radiates to. ...Read more

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What is angina, chest wall pain and a mild heart attack?

What is angina, chest wall pain and a mild heart attack?

Angina: Angina is chest pain that occurs when there is a partial blockage of one of the coronary arteries. This is as opposed to heart attack when there is a near total occlusion. ...Read more

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Can constant chest discomfort indicate cardiac problem.

Can constant chest discomfort indicate cardiac problem.

Chest pain: CP due to CAD is usually aggravated with exertion and relieved with rest or vasodilator meds. Constant pain can be muskuoloskeletal GI related. Pulmonary causes should also be considered. ...Read more

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Burning intermittent pain in left shoulderblade and shoulder for almost 1 year.Cannot reproduce pain.Fear angina or cardiac. PCP says not heart.Ideas?

Cervical cause?: Pain in this shoulder blade area is frequently caused by a problem in the lower cervical spine. Very classic referral pattern from the C5/6 facet joint and lower. Can also be from an upper thoracic disc herniation. Myofascial trigger point too. Bottom line is that you need to see a Physiatrist (physical medicine and rehab specialist) or other interventional spine specialist that sees this stuff. ...Read more

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Why does angina cause pain and breathlessness?

Why does angina cause pain and breathlessness?

Lack oxyen: Lack of oxygen causes pain in any muscle when oxygen demand out strips suply . In the legs its called cludication. As for the shortness of breath it can be due to the dysfunction of the left ventricle due to poor oxygen suply. Much like an engine sputters if the fuel line is clogged. Along with heart failure pain and anxiety can also cause shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Where is cardiac chest pain typically felt?

Where is cardiac chest pain typically felt?

Be seen: The pain of a heart attack is typically felt on the left side of the chest with occasional radiation of the pain down the left arm. The pain is usually described as a heaviness, like an "elephant sitting on the chest". Other symptoms are trouble breathing and sweating. Everybody is different and their symptoms can vary, chest pain should always be be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more