Sometimes, the cause of the
chest pain is nothing more than muscle strain, indigestion or some other
innocuous problem. However, often the pain can point to a more serious and
potentially life-threatening cause such as an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). For this reason, chest pain must
always be considered cardiac in nature until proven otherwise
If you present with chest
pain, whether with or without other factors such as shortness of breath,
dizziness or jaw/neck aches, nausea, unexplained fatigue or other signs, Dr
Khoo will do a series of tests to help identify the likely cause of the pain.
This may include blood tests to check for troponin, biochemistry and
electrolytes, a 12-lead ECG, stress testing or other related examinations/
diagnostic imaging tests.
Management of chest pain will
depend on the underlying cause and may include but not be limited to
medications or even operations (Coronary angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery)
to reduce the risk of heart attack