Chest Pain Specialist

Stephen M. Herman, MD

Internal Medicine located in Savannah, GA

There are many different causes of chest pain, and they can range from life-threatening to not serious at all. But, you need to know which is which and get the appropriate treatment from a highly-experienced physician like Stephen M. Herman, MD, at Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC in Savannah, Georgia. Click the online appointment maker or call the office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Herman today.

Chest Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of chest pain?

Chest pain typically feels like a squeezing or heavy pressure on your chest. It may be sporadic or continuous, and you may also have accompanying symptoms, including:

  • Breathing problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Erratic heartbeat
  • Sudden exhaustion

Although chest pain is sometimes due to a bout of acid reflux, it can also be something serious and even life-threatening like a heart attack. Don't take chances when you're dealing with chest pain symptoms; see Dr. Herman as soon as possible.

What are the most common causes of chest pain?

Angina is a common cause of chest pain that occurs when your heart's not getting sufficient blood. Around 9 million men and women in the U.S. have angina today. Although angina may sometimes be a symptom of heart disease, it doesn't cause permanent heart damage itself. However, it does require treatment.

Some other causes of chest pain include:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • GERD
  • Esophagitis
  • Gallstones

There are also many other possible causes of chest pain, so it's always safest to get checked out.

What are the warning signs of a heart attack?

Although many patients worry that chest pain automatically means heart attack, it's often something else. However, it's smart to know the warning signs of a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association:

Chest discomfort

The sensation is often more uncomfortable than outright painful, although chest pain is possible. Usually, heart attacks cause middle-of-the-chest discomfort that continues for more than a few minutes.

Upper body discomfort

Often, heart attacks also cause discomfort in one or both of your arms, in your neck, back, jaw, or abdominal area.

Breathing problems

You may have shortness of breath, feeling like you have to struggle to draw air, when you're having a heart attack.

You may also experience cold sweats, nausea, or a feeling of dizziness or lightheadedness.

How is chest pain diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Herman can perform electrocardiograms and pulmonary function tests on-site in addition to comprehensive exams. If you need treatment for chest pain, Dr. Herman can recommend lifestyle changes, prescribe appropriate medications, and help put the pain behind you for good.

Book your appointment at Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC online or by phone now.