Chest Pain Specialist

My Emergency Room 24/7

Emergency Room located in Abilene, TX

While chest pain is typically associated with heart problems, your chest also houses a number of other systems that can cause you pain, including your pulmonary and digestive systems. One thing is for certain: Proper medical care is paramount to diagnosing and treating the issue, no matter the source. At My Emergency Room 24/7, the dedicated health care professionals can quickly identify and treat your chest pain. If you’re experiencing chest pain and you’re in the Abilene, Texas, area, call or come in any time of day or night.

Chest Pain Q & A

What is chest pain?

While the answer to this question may seem obvious, there are a number of ways that chest pain can present itself, and the distinctions are important when diagnosing your problem.

To start, if your chest pain comes on suddenly and it’s accompanied by a rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, nausea, and/or radiating pain to your neck, jaw, shoulder, or arm, please call 911 or get to My Emergency Room 24/7 right away. These are classic signs of a heart attack, and you need to get prompt medical attention.

Outside of the sudden and acute pain of a heart attack, chest pain can also be:

  • Dull and nagging
  • Only at certain times, such as when you lie down
  • Only with certain movements
  • When you breathe

The type of chest pain you’re experiencing provides valuable information to the team at My Emergency Room 24/7, allowing them to zero in on a potential diagnosis more quickly.

What causes chest pain?

There are several medical problems that can cause chest pain, including:

  • Cardiovascular issues, including heart attack
  • Acid reflux
  • Broken or bruised ribs
  • Muscle strain
  • Pulmonary problems, such as an embolism or collapsed lung
  • Panic attack

Chest pain shouldn’t be taken lightly, so don’t delay in seeking medical help at My Emergency Room 24/7.

How is chest pain diagnosed?

After reviewing your symptoms and your medical history, your health care provider will typically orders some tests, which can include:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Blood work
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan

The full-service facility is equipped with the most advanced tools to help diagnose and treat your problem quickly.

How is chest pain treated?

Your treatment depends on your diagnosis. Once your doctor finds the cause of your chest pain, they will work with you to reduce your discomfort while also treating the underlying condition.

If your heart is involved, your team at My Emergency Room 24/7 will first regulate your heart with medications or a defibrillator and then review next steps with you.

If it’s an issue outside of your cardiovascular system, such as a digestive or pulmonary problem, the doctors at My Emergency Room 24/7 will give you the best treatment available and go over what can be done next. Rest assured, your health care team will work tirelessly to provide you relief from the immediate pain and get you on the road to better long-term health.

If you’re experiencing chest pain, see one of the health care providers at My Emergency Room 24/7. You can call ahead or simply walk in — the doors are always open.