How do you know if your chest pain is serious?
Consultant Cardiologist Ahmed Elghamaz discusses if your chest pain could be a sign of heart disease.
It is very difficult for a patient to know if the chest pain they are experiencing is because of underlying heart disease or not. Sometimes, it is even challenging for cardiologists, themselves, to get to the diagnosis.
Patients can hardly differentiate whether this is something they need to take seriously or something they need to brush aside.
I think, in general, you have to be sensible if you are worried that this may present a problem. If it’s causing concern, you need to seek help. With the benefit of our expertise and the investigations we do, we’ll be able to, with a high degree of certainty, rule out or diagnose underlying chronic disease.
I think every patient experiencing chest pain should take it seriously because, even if it may not sound like heart disease, it may represent underlying coronary artery disease, and this needs to be taken seriously. Diagnosing heart disease early is very important to be able to avoid any future damage that may occur to the heart.
I strongly urge you to take our heart disease online self-test to assess your risk of developing heart disease in the future. It will take you less than five minutes and will give you a good idea if you are at increased risk and whether or not you need to see a specialist.