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Chest Pain - How to Identify If It Is Related to a Heart Problem?

MBBS, MS (Gen. Surgery), M.Ch - Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, DNB (CTS)
Cardiologist, Noida
Chest Pain - How to Identify If It Is Related to a Heart Problem?

The term 'chest pain’ is a very common term and is usually used in day to day life. Basically, chest pain refers to the pain that may generate in your chest, shoulder and can travel to your ribs, jaws and towards your arms. The feeling of the pain can be sharp or dull, depending on the severity of your condition and cause.

There can be several reasons behind chest pain. You need to conduct a few tests to examine the real cause of the chest pain. It is always advised by health experts to take the symptoms of chest pain very seriously in order to avoid any serious problem in the future. Most of the severe and life-threatening diseases behind chest pain involve lung and heart problems. People having serious heart problems often feel discomfort, followed by pain in their chest area.

Symptoms
Chest pain which is related to any heart disease such as heart attack usually has symptoms like:

  1. Feeling of fullness and tightness in the chest region
  2. Vomiting
  3. Nausea
  4. Burning or crushing pain, which travels from the chest to jaw, hands and back region.
  5. Weakness
  6. Breathing problem

Usually, it is very tough to distinguish whether the pain is associated with a heart problem or not. But generally chest pains which are not related to heart problems involves symptoms like

  1. Sensation in your mouth
  2. Problem in swallowing food
  3. Pain that worsens when you cough
  4. Burning sensation in your chest

Common causes of chest pain

  1. Angina: Angina is a medical condition described as a feeling of discomfort or pain in the chest region. This situation occurs when your heart muscles don't receive blood, which contains rich oxygen. Angina is a symptom of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). The pain can take place in your shoulder, jaw, neck and arms also.
  2. Lung problems: People with lung disorders can encounter various types of chest pains. But some common causes are:
    • Pleurisy: It is a type of medical condition, which occurs due to inflammation of the lining of chest and lungs. Due to this, you feel a sharp pain at the time of breathing, coughing or sneezing.
    • Pneumonia: It is a type of lung infection, which causes chest pain.
    • Pneumothorax: It is a type of lung disorder, which occurs when a portion of your chest gets collapsed.
    • Asthma: It is a type of condition, which occurs due to shortness of breath and causes chest pain while coughing, sneezing and breathing.
  3. Gastrointestinal problem: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is also a common reason for chest pain such as burning sensation in your heart.
  4. Other causes of chest pain: There are several other reasons of chest pain such as muscle strain, ribs injury, shingles, anxiety and panic attacks. It is always important to consult a physician whenever you encounter any of such chest pain symptoms.
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Open Heart Surgery - Things You Must Know About It!

MCH DNB (CTVS), Advanced fellowship, MS
Cardiologist, Delhi
Open Heart Surgery - Things You Must Know About It!

Open heart surgery is a complicated heart procedure. Although the number of open heart surgeries performed over the past has decade has reduced significantly, howeevr, it is still an important surgical procedure to fix critical heart ailments.

Here is a quick fact-checker about this procedure:

  • The Coronary Artery Bypass Graft or CABG is one of the frequently performed procedures in the open-heart surgery space. This is a procedure that is related to fixing the blocked arteries of the heart. A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health revealed that most patients who had undergone CABG become angina-free within a span of five years.
  • Many hospitals refuse to share any data related to the surgery. It makes sense to run a background check on the surgeon who is scheduled to perform the procedure. Society of Thoracic Surgery lists all doctors and the number of procedures they have performed in this space.
  • This is one of the few surgeries where a doctor needs to make a deep incision close to 2-2.5 inch through the breastbone to separate muscle and get access to the heart.
  • The patient is hooked to a heart-lung machine before the proceedings begin. This machine pushes blood to the body. It helps the doctor to stop the heart and perform the procedure. Once the procedure is over, the doctor closes the incision made through the breastbone with sternal wires. Then the surgeon gives a minor electric shock to the patient to restart the heart. Subsequently, the patient is taken off from the heart-lung machine.
  • The patient might find himself tangled with many tubes as he wakes for the first time after the surgery. These wires take the fluid out of the body. They serve as a temporary pacemaker for the patient.
  • It is important to get a clarification from the surgeon as to from which location of the body would the veins be taken from to perform CABG. Most doctors prefer the vein from the leg. However, recent studies have shown that veins can be extracted from the internal chest wall. This results in a speedy recovery for the patient.
  • The patient is kept in an ICU for a couple of days before he is shifted to the general ward where he spends close to a couple of weeks before he is released. After the patient gets home, the typical recovery time for the patient is approximately 6-8 weeks.
  • One has to usually deal with heightened emotions after an open-heart surgery. Studies have shown that over 20 percent of the CABG patients suffer from depression, anger, and other emotional problems. This typically lasts for a year till everything becomes normal.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I have severe chest burn and acidity problems often. I consume Pan plus 40. I am suffering from acidity problem for more than 3 years. Please advise.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I have severe chest burn and acidity problems often. I consume Pan plus 40. I am suffering from acidity problem for m...
Homoeopathic treatment------------------------- gastrobin (wilmar schwabe india) drink slowly 20 drops in 20 ml fresh water 3 times daily. -------------------------------------------- nux vomica 30 (dr. Reckeweg) drink 5 drops in 1 spoon fresh water at night bed time--------------- digecom syrup (wellman lab) drink 2 spoons 10 minute after meals 3 times a day --------------- do nd do notss---------------------------------- 1. Avoid fast, spicy nd fried food ------------- 2. Avoid tea, coffe nd cold drinks -------------------- 3. Try to take nutritious easy digestible home ---------------
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I am 78. I have prepared an ayurvedic medicine comprising of lemon, ginger and garlic juices with apple cidar. For reduction of cholestrol. Should it be taken only in empty stomach?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Bhavnagar
I am 78. I have prepared an ayurvedic medicine comprising of lemon, ginger and garlic juices with apple cidar. For re...
Its not ayurveda medicine. Its a herbal or naturopath medicine. There was not mensioned this type of formula. In ayurveda there is a important of principle not medicine. According to ayurveda, among 6 tastes, sweet-salt-sour, will increase kaff dosha ultimately increases cholesterol. I suggest you these following medicine 1) drink only well boiled (boil till remains half) water. Dont drink unboiled water 2) ginger, turmeric, garlic etc 1 1 teaspoon, with old honey. Before meal 30 min. Yes, you should take your medicine before meal. 3) bishopweed seed+ cummin seed 2 2 spoon, whole seed after breakfast n each meal. 4) avoid day sleep strongly. Give follow up.
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cholesterol total-179 triglyceride-391 hdl-70 ldl-111 vldl-78.2 hdl ratio-2.6 ldl ratio-1.5 vit b12-139.30 vit d-23.60 plzz advice what medication I hv to take.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS - Physician )
Cardiologist, Delhi
cholesterol total-179
triglyceride-391
hdl-70
ldl-111
vldl-78.2
hdl ratio-2.6
ldl ratio-1.5
vit b12-139.30
vit d-23.6...
You do not need medication for cholesterol, just start exercising (target 40-45 mins daily of brisk walking), take a diet consultation for a healthy heart diet and repeat cholesterol after 8 weeks of these lifestyle changes and consult. For vitamin D3, kindly ask a local physician to give you a vitamin D3 supplement prescription.
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I am getting pain in the front rib cage region I. E middle portion of chest from the last 3 months. But the pain is not permanent. It is happening for some time and some days i am not getting pain. Till now I didn't consult any doctor. What I have to do.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I am getting pain in the front rib cage region I. E middle portion of chest from the last 3 months. But the pain is n...
Homoeopathic medicine RANUNCULUS BULBOSUS 30 ( SBL ) Drink 2 drops direct on tongue 3 times daily for 15 days.
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I am having left side chest pain with palpitations. Some times pain goes into left arm. I have done all tests eg TMT. Ecg, usg, lipid profile which all came normal. I feel burning stomach with acidity some times.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, Post Graduate Program in Diabetology
General Physician, Delhi
I am having left side chest pain with palpitations. Some times pain goes into left arm. I have done all tests eg TMT....
Your discomfort appears to be related with Gastro esophageal reflux Take following steps 1. Regular walks or exercise 2. Maintain weight under control avoid spicy oily food Take at least 8 hours sleep Dinner should be light Stress if there should be addressed Take pantodac dsr before breakfast
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Iam 29 age old iam having rbbb and I'm getting pain in my left arm and my chest Wat I have to do.

FRHS, Ph.D Neuro , MPT - Neurology Physiotherapy, D.Sp.Med, DPHM (Health Management ), BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
Iam 29 age old iam having rbbb and I'm getting pain in my left arm and my chest Wat I have to do.
Do take ust and laser therapy for 10 days followed by mobilisation exercises from neuro physio best wishes
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I am a 34 years old male and have pain in heart for last 1.6 yrs. Now in a days (mostly pain in heart down side approx 10 hrs per day slowely pain and suddenly create in mid in heart for 5 to 10 minute per day not easy pain) and I feel painfull breathing, feel pain in heart in heart. I checkup ecg but not any problem found? what should I do?

MD-Ayurveda, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ahmednagar
If you examined your self with cardiac expert n after doing your ecg many times if ecg reports are coming normal. First rule out that your heart is working normal or not by doing 2 d echo & tmt. If they are both normal then we can say you r suffering from acid peptic disorder. If pain relieves by taking omeprazole like acidity reducing drugs then we can confirm it. And problem can b solved by herbal preparation. So do all above n consult.
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How to increase memory. I am 52years old and forgetting important things. I am also a heart patient and two stunts implanted in my arteries.

M.Sc. - Applied Psychology
Psychologist, Coimbatore
How to increase memory. I am 52years old and forgetting important things.  I am also a heart patient and two stunts i...
It might be due to early onset of dementia or you might have been in depression secondary to your cardiac problems. Analyze yourself properly that you are suffering with the symptoms of depression or it is purely forgetting. A few tips to reduce memory deterioration in case of dementia is that a research says that taking almonds on a regular basis will keep your brain healthy that in turn stops fading memory. Taking a spoon of turmeric powder in a glass of water or in any form of food will help your memory stops fading.
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Whenever I eat spicy food or outside food, my chest starts paining. And I even have acidity problem. Is the chest pain related to the acidity and you help me out.

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Whenever I eat spicy food or outside food, my chest starts paining. And I even have acidity problem. Is the chest pai...
Hello, you can take homoeopathic medicines 1. Robinia 30 (4 drops in little water) thrice a day for a week. 2. Carbo veg 30 (4 drops in little water) thrice a day for a week and update. Keep a gap of 15 - 20 minutes in both the medicines. *drink lot of water. * avoid fried and spicy food. * include fruits, raw vegetables and fresh vegetable juices in your diet.
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I am 26 years and I am having chronic pain on my shoulder please advise for my son I am 59 and having bp from last week onwards.

Dip. SICOT (Belgium), MNAMS, DNB (Orthopedics), MBBS
Orthopedist, Delhi
Hi thanks for your query and welcome to lybrate. I am Dr. Akshay from fortis hospital, new delhi. I want to know your detailed clinical history, your relevant investigations, your treatment records till now. It helps me to better understand your condition and prescribe accordingly. Please also mention your co-morbid conditions and drug allergy. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further assistance.
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How much period of rest a person should take after angioplasty? What time of life style should he follow and food plan he should adhere to?

Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
How much period of rest a person should take after angioplasty? What time of life style should he follow and food pla...
At least a week for the price to heal there's risk of bleeding from the major blood vessel site where catheter was inserted regarding diet, you should have been given proper instructions anyway don't get confused by following too rigid charts and calories vaguely take lots of seasonal vegetables and fruits. lots of water and simple proteins like toned milk and egg a day. daal roti chawal subji and little salt and no bad fats like saturated fats. take little oil of seedy type like mustard, soya or til. a spoon of good fat like pure ghee or butter and a katori of assorted nuts for good fats and proteins simple exercise like walking to your capacity
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How angioplasty is done in case of a patient with 70% blockage in right pulmonary artery? The patient has diabetes.

MBBS, MD-General Medicine, DM - Cardiology
Cardiologist, Secunderabad
How angioplasty is done in case of a patient with 70% blockage in right pulmonary artery? The patient has diabetes.
I guess you mean right coronary artery. Angioplasty is procedure in which a special balloon is passed across the blockage and dilated. After that a stent is implanted there to keep blockage open.
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Is there any difference between heart beat and pulse rate? Many times I feel my heart is pounding too fast but pulse rate is not that much?

MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Is there any difference between heart beat and pulse rate?
Many times I feel my heart is pounding too fast but pulse ...
Mainly due to anxiety, exercise, stress that you feel like your heart is beating loudly but it does not mean pulse rate will increase as its measure of your heart rate. When the amount/volume of blood pumped out is more then it can feel like pounding too.
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Few month back after having work at office I reached home and had dinner. After one hour I started feeling speed in heart beat and breath started faster also I felt dizziness. 15 mins After drinking a glass of hot water everything came to normal. Later also This was happening to me couple of time in three days gap. I had done echo cardiogram, treadmill test, blood test, LFT,ECG but everything was normal. My fear is do I have heart problem. Please help me.

M.B.B.S. , PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology
Cardiologist, Delhi
Few month back after having work at office I reached home and had dinner. After one hour I started feeling speed in h...
All your cardiac investigations are normal Sensitivity of echo and tmt combined together is more then 70% in diagnosing heart problem As your chief complaint was palpitation with dizziness I would suggest you to go for 24 hour holter monitoring test If that is normal ,it was because of gastritis or acid peptic disorder Thank you.
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Hii doctors my uncle always suffer with high bp. An about its age 45 what can I will do for them. To take an relief.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Ambala
Hii doctors my uncle always suffer with high bp. An about its age 45 what can I will do for them. To take an relief.
Dear, To control & maintan BP normal these are best methods to follow:.• Do physical exercise like jogging, running or brisk walk, start exercise with 5 to 10 minutes and increase time of exercise slowly. • Maintain your cholesterol level to normal & eat least amount of butter, cream or fatty things. • Eat less amount of pickle, salt and fast food as they contain high sodium levels. • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking. • Take less amount of caffine containing coffee, tea or cold drinks because caffine causes increase BP. • Drink 8 to 10 glass of water daily • Take 6 to 8 hrs of sleep daily. Do not take too much stress. • Do long breathing pranayams (Anulom- Vilom, Bhramari) daily for 10 - 15 minutes. It will reduce your stress level in your body. • Eat healthy diet such as green leafy vegetables, fruits. • Take 5 ml of GULAB Jal added in a glass of water daily once a day.
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Iam 29 years old female I usually get pain in left part of the chest while walking I can not even walk for 5 min. What. Could be the reason behind this.

MBBS, cc USG
General Physician, Gurgaon
Iam 29 years old female I usually get pain in left part of the chest while walking I can not even walk for 5 min. Wha...
You may be having chest pain due to 1.acidity. 2. severe anxiety 3. muscular problem Local application of Volini gel 1% twice a day for 2-3 day Consult Physician/me for Further Management
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