North Nashville Cardiologists
At TriStar Skyline, we care for all of your heart needs. From screenings to diagnostic cardiac catheterization, from angioplasty to rehabilitation, our services have earned a reputation for excellence. From the newest in cardiac ultrasound technology to the state-of-the-art catheterization lab, we are equipped to help prevent, treat, and recover from heart disease and stroke.
TriStar Skyline is an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI. We have demonstrated expertise and a commitment to consistently meet or exceed the criteria established by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. In a cardiac emergency, we provide fast, life-saving procedures and processes so you get the best quality care.
Chest Pain Treatment
Sudden chest pain and shortness of breath are two of the most common reasons to seek emergency care. Chest pain is often difficult to interpret. Many people cannot tell the difference between heartburn or heart attack. Sudden, unexpected chest pain can be a potentially life-threatening symptom or a warning sign of another condition. Know the symptoms of a heart attack and where to go in an emergency.
Chest pain can occur when your heart is not getting enough blood. You could feel aching, tightening, pressure or squeezing pain in the chest. Chest pain can also radiate to your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back. There are several different types of chest pain:
- Stable angina - has a predictable pattern and intensity
- Unstable angina - unpredictable, more severe and intense
- Variant angina - severe, temporary spasm that suddenly occurs while resting
Chest pain can also produce different symptoms in women such as pressure in the lower chest, upper abdomen and back and extreme fatigue that can last several hours, weeks or days.
Heart-related chest pain can come and go and often varies in intensity (worse with activity). Also, chest pain caused by a heart problem sometimes comes with other symptoms such as:
- Tightening in chest
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness or fatigue
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
Chest pain can also be a symptom of a non heart-related issue. Other symptoms include:
- Bitter or sour taste in your mouth
- Sharp burning below your ribs or breast bone
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pain that changes when you move positions
Don't wait - Your symptoms could be a sign of something more serious. Call 911 or seek emergency care immediately.
Chest pain can be a symptom of several different conditions. The most common include (but are not limited to):
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Heart Valve Problems
- High Blood Pressure
- Atrial Fibrillation(afib)
- Pulmonary Embolism(blood clot)
- Pulmonary Hypertension(high blood pressure)
- Esophagus Problems (swallowing)
- Pancreas or Gallbladder Problems
- Hiatal Hernia
Only a medical professional can diagnose and treat your symptoms. Call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency.