Chest pain

The most common symptom of heart disease

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What is chest pain?

Chest pain can come in many different forms and has many different causes – some benign and some serious. Either way, it should never be ignored.

It can be a sign of several underlying issues. Chest pain is by far the most common symptom of heart disease, although some patients have heart disease without chest pain.

About chest pain

In this video, Ahmed Elgahamaz explains what you need to know about chest pain.
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Supplementary information about chest pain

Here, we’ve summarised the most important points about chest pain

Chest pain can be felt in many different forms and can range in severity from person to person. There are a number of different causes for chest pain, some of which are of little concern but a few that can be serious.

Chest pain is the most common symptom of heart disease and it should never be ignored. Investigating chest pain can lead to diagnosing heart disease early and institution of appropriate management strategies.

Chest pain can cause many different sensations depending on what is triggering the symptom in the first place.

Chest pain as a sign of heart disease can feel like:

  • A dull ache or discomfort in the chest
  • Heaviness or tightness in the chest
  • A weight on the chest
  • A sharp stabbing sensation in the chest
  • Pressure or pain going up the neck and jaw
  • Pain in the gum
  • Pain in the arm (especially the left side)

There are a number of body structures and organs within the chest and chest pain can be caused by:

  • ‘Heartburn’ or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
  • Muscle or bone pain
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Lung conditions
  • Shingles
  • Heart disease including angina and heart attacks

Chest pain is the most common symptom of heart disease, although some patients can have heart disease even without chest pain.

Discomfort, heaviness or tightness in the centre of the chest, particularly on exertion, can be a symptom of angina. Angina is caused by a narrowed coronary artery causing inadequate blood supply to the heart muscle.

Chest pain is a worrying symptom and cause stress and anxiety. Ruling out heart disease can relieve this stress and anxiety. However, it is important to investigate chest pain with an expert to evaluate if it represents underlying heart disease.

It can be challenging to know if your chest pain is due to underlying heart disease. Our expert Cardiologists will take a detailed clinical history and perform a physical examination of your cardiovascular system. They will also perform a number of important tests to ascertain if the chest pain is serious and formulate a tailored management plan for you. 

We advise clients to be sensible when it comes to chest pain. If you are worried that chest pain may represent a heart problem we recommend seeking help and assistance from our team.

At Many Beats it is our prerogative to diagnose your symptoms as early as possible and get you reassurance and support so you can live a long and healthy life.

We do this through comprehensive evaluation of you as an individual, risk factor assessment and appropriate investigations to get the correct answer for you.

Please book an appointment for a face to face consultation with one of our Cardiology team experts or book the Many Beats Complete Package to help us guide you on your journey to a healthy heart lifestyle.

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The Many Beats ‘Complete’ package offers clients a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation that will assess all aspects of your heart health. This package will be tailored to your individual needs following a face-to-face consultation. Our experts will choose appropriate, state-of-the-art investigations to assess your risk of heart disease and your symptoms, if you have any.

These can include: cholesterol/diabetes blood tests, heart rhythm monitoring, blood pressure assessment, stress tests, scans of your heart and your arteries.

Treatment

Once you have seen one of our Cardiologists and completed your tests we will arrange a follow-up appointment with you to review your results and their implications. If your symptoms indicate heart disease we will start a personalised treatment plan immediately. Treatment approaches usually involve one or more of:

  • Lifestyle changes – including diet and exercise advice
  • Medication – to treat risk factors for heart disease and specific symptoms
  • Medical procedures or surgery – to understand the exact nature of your heart disease and work towards definitive treatment

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More information on heart disease

We’ve produced many informative videos and blog posts so you can educate yourself about heart disease risk factors, symptoms, tests and treatments.

Read more about heart disease

Educate yourself further about your heart health by reading the links below

To learn more about cardiovascular disease, including the causes and prevention techniques, click here.

The NHS has an informative write-up on cardiovascular diseases, which can be found here.

A great test that tells the myths and facts about your heart health can be found here.

If you would like an excellent overview of the symptoms of heart attacks, please click here.

If you would like to learn more about all the types of heart diseases, please click here for more information.

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About the cardiologists

The Many Beats team consists of not one, but four highly experienced consultant cardiologists

Dr Navtej Chahal

Consultant Cardiologist

PhD FESC FACC

Navtej is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at the London Northwest NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London having qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2001. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London

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Dr Navin Chandra

Consultant Cardiologist

MD, MRCP, MBBS, BSc

Navin is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’s in 2004...

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Dr Ahmed Elghamaz

Consultant Cardiologist

MB BCh, MRCP

Ahmed is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at Northwick Park Hospital and London North West Healthcare University Hospitals NHS Trust and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He completed his junior…

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Dr Joban Sehmi

Consultant Cardiologist

BSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

Joban is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. His NHS practice is at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust. He sees patients privately at Spire in Bushey and Bishops Wood Hospital in Northwood. He trained in medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ medical school and qualified in 2003 with numerous academic awards…

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