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Chest Pain - Glossary 

Last Updated on Jan 25, 2020
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Glossary

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) - It is a condition wherein plaque deposits begin to build up in the coronary arteries.

Angiogram - Imaging study that helps to study the blood flow inside arteries. Mitral valve prolapse- It is a disease of the mitral valve of the heart.
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Pancreatitis – Inflammation of the pancreas.

Hiatus hernia – Protrusion of the upper stomach into thorax.

Syphilis – A sexually transmitted disease.

Shingles - A viral disease caused by herpes zoster.

Cardiac catheterization – Insertion of catheter into the heart vessel for diagnostic purposes.

Angioplasty - A procedure where a tiny balloon is inserted in the artery of arm or leg to push open blocked arteries of the heart.
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By pass surgery - Surgical procedure wherein pieces of arteries from either the arm or the leg are attached to the arteries of the heart to overcome a block and enhance blood flow.

Syndrome X - Common in women where features of chest pain typical of angina with positive stress test on exercise but negative on Coronary angiogram.

Tietze’s syndrome – Swelling on costal cartilage in young people that presents with chest pain that goes away on holding the breath at deep expiration.

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Bensput

Hi. For my mother 53 years old, we have already consulted a cardiologist 2 years ago. Did echo test, treadmill test, ECG, all reports normal. Cardiologist diagnosed PSVT and given DILZEM-SR to take daily one tablet. Palpitation of heart stopped with that, but chest pain on left side is severe, feel too much heaviness in the chest while sleeping or lying down. Which specialist we should visit? Kindly advise.

joel101

I have been having pains in my left chest for over a year now and have not seen a doctor to complain!I am afraid of this!I have stopped smoking for two years now but still drinks

CrazyBasenjiLady

I have sudden sharp pain in my chest and then it goes away. It doesn't happen every day and it isn't associated with any other symptom. I plan to tell my doctor at my next visit, but he'll send me to the same old cardiologist who makes me feel like a waste of time.

tonicasweetzz

it could be Precordial Catch Syndrome research it or angina

syras

The typical symptoms of Chest pain are:
Chest “tightness,” “squeezing,” or “heaviness.” People describe this feeling as a weight or as a band being tightened around their chest. The pain is usually located on the left side of the chest above the bottom of the ribcage, but it’s often hard to define its exact location.
Shortness of breath. Sweating, nausea, and an anxious feeling
A pain in the left arm, neck and jaw.

syras

The typical symptoms of chest pain in women are:
Chest “tightness,” “squeezing,” or “heaviness.”  People describe this feeling as a weight or as a band being tightened around their chest. The pain is usually located on the left side of the chest above the bottom of the ribcage, but it’s often hard to define its exact location.
Shortness of breath.Sweating, nausea, and an anxious feeling
A pain in the left arm, neck and jaw.

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