Chest Pain

Harmony Health MD

Primary Care Physicians located in Glendale, CA

There are a variety of underlying health issues that can cause chest pain. To protect your health from serious complications and ease the pain in your chest, Aram Gabrielyan, MD, and the medical team at Harmony Health in Glendale, California, offers on-site diagnostics and customized treatments. Whether you have chronic heartburn, muscle strains, or a more serious heart condition, the experienced physicians offer comprehensive care for acute and chronic chest pain. Schedule an evaluation today by calling Harmony Health or by requesting an appointment online now.

Chest Pain Q & A

What causes chest pain?

Chest pain, or angina, can be a warning sign of a heart attack but can also develop for other underlying reasons.

You can experience pain in your chest as well as in any area between your neck and the upper part of your abdomen due to musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, or gastrointestinal issues, like:

  • Gastritis
  • Heartburn
  • Gallstones
  • Broken ribs
  • Muscle strains
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)

You may also feel chest pain if you have fluid build-up in your lungs from pneumonia or due to chronic coughing. For some people with anxiety or a panic disorder, persistent chest tightness and pain can be a side effect.

When should I seek treatment for chest pain?

It’s important to have an evaluation of any ongoing chest pain. If your pain lasts longer than three days and isn’t relieved with rest, schedule an appointment at Harmony Health without delay.

If you have sudden or serious pain or pressure in your chest that makes it difficult to breathe, you should call 911 immediately or seek immediate attention at the closest emergency room to confirm or rule out a heart attack.

How is chest pain diagnosed?

The Harmony Health team offers a variety of on-site diagnostics to determine the cause of your chest pain. Before recommending a specific test, your provider reviews your personal and family medical history and your symptoms before performing a physical exam.

You may need blood work to check for infections and a chest X-ray or CT scan to identify abnormalities in your lungs. The team also offers electrocardiograms on-site, a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart.

How is chest pain treated?

Your treatment for chest pain depends on the root cause of your symptoms. If your chest pain is due to GERD or heartburn, you may need medications to control your acid production and ease your symptoms. You may also need medication therapy for chest pain due to gastritis or gallstones.

If your chest pain relates to serious heart problems, like blockages, or broken ribs, your Harmony Health provider can refer you to a specialist for additional treatment or surgery.

The Harmony Health team creates custom treatment plans to treat your acute symptoms and help you manage long-term conditions that cause chronic chest pain.

To learn more about available diagnostics and treatments for chest pain, schedule an appointment online today or by calling Harmony Health.