Chest Pain

Chest Pain

London Medical provides cardiology care from leading experts to help keep your heart healthy

Chest pain is a frightening symptom, however most chest pain is not caused by problems with your heart. Your lungs, ribs, muscles and digestive system can all cause pain and discomfort in your chest. London Medical’s cardiac physicians are experts in identifying, treating and preventing cardiovascular disease. If you are concerned about pain, London Medical offers the latest cutting-edge investigations for chest pain, so that treatment can be targeted to relieve your symptoms and safeguard your future health.

When chest pain is an emergency

Some chest pain cannot wait for a routine appointment and investigations. You should call 999 and get urgent care if you develop sudden pain in your chest that:

  • Feels tight, heavy or crushing
  • Continues for more than 15 minutes
  • Spreads into the arms, neck, jaw or through to the back
  • Is associated with breathlessness, clamminess or sweating
  • Makes you feel unwell, weak or nauseous

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You may be having a heart attack, which needs immediate emergency treatment.

A clot in the lung causes sharp chest pain that’s worse on breathing in. It may be linked to breathlessness and coughing up blood. A Pulmonary Embolism is a medical emergency and should also be treated urgently in hospital.

Investigation of chest pain at London Medical

London Medical state-of-the-art cardiology clinic offers the latest investigative procedures for patients with chest pain. Some of the UK’s most renowned cardiologists provide expert assessment and treatment, supported by a team of dedicated cardiac nurses, ultrasound specialists, and physiology technicians. Depending on your symptoms, your examination and your health investigations could include:

  • ECG recording
  • Treadmill exercise stress tests
  • Echocardiography
  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring using the latest technology
  • Ambulatory ECG recorders
  • 24 hour tape to look for cardiac arrhythmias
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Assessment of your risk of developing heart disease

London Medical offers an in-depth assessment of your individual risk of developing heart disease. A range of non-invasive tests are available from London Medical’s laboratory and the state-of-the-art imaging suite. The results are used to identify risk factors and evaluate your current heart health. Tests include:

  • Screening for diabetes
  • BP monitoring
  • Comprehensive cholesterol and lipid profile: London Medical provides cutting-edge cholesterol and lipid testing to help assess your risk of cardiac disease. In addition to traditional cholesterol testing, London Medial exclusively offers LDL particle number analysis, one of the most powerful tools for predicting heart attack risk.
  • Carotid artery ultrasound: Scanning the carotid artery in the neck is an effective, low-radiation way of measuring the lining thickness and the size of any fatty plaques. A coronary artery calcium score is also assessed and these results are used in conjunction with the findings from the cholesterol blood tests to provide an overall assessment of personal risk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone can get heart disease, however some people are more at risk. Your age, your lifestyle and your general health can all affect your vulnerability to coronary artery disease:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Increasing age
  • Family history of heart attacks or angina particularly in people less than 60 years of age
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Raised levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol

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