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What Could Be Causing Your Chest Pain?

Chest Pain

Many people associate chest pain with a heart attack. Although a heart attack can cause chest pain, there are many other conditions that can lead to pain or pressure in the chest. Depending on the underlying cause, the pain can be sharp, dull, aching, or feel like your chest is being crushed. Read on to learn more about some possible causes of chest pain and when to consider seeking urgent care for your symptoms:

  • Often, crushing or searing chest pain and pressure that radiates to the shoulders, jaw, neck, or arms is due to heart-related problems. Seriously consider calling 911 and seeking emergency medical assistance if you or a loved one experiences possible symptoms of a heart attack, which can also include shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, and excessive sweating.
  • A burning pain that tends to get better as you change your body position and that is accompanied by trouble swallowing is less likely to be caused by heart-related issues. This burning sensation behind the sternum (chest bone) is more likely to be caused by gastrointestinal reflux disorder, or GERD. The reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus causes the pain often described as heartburn.
  • A sharp chest pain that becomes worse when you cough can be the result of pleurisy, a lung condition that occurs when the membrane covering the lungs becomes inflamed from an infection, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis. Pleurisy can cause serious complications, such as shortness of breath and cyanosis, so if you experience possible symptoms of this condition, consider seeking medical treatment.

There are many other causes of chest pain, from sore muscles to life-threatening conditions, such as pulmonary embolism. If you experience unfamiliar chest pain that could be a possible sign of a heart attack or other serious medical condition, consider seeking emergency medical care. The accredited Chest Pain Center at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is dedicated to assessing, diagnosing, and treating victims of cardiac emergency as quickly as possible. Contact our staff at (702) 880-2100 to learn more about our emergency services.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Unlike other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes is a temporary form of the disease that only occurs during a woman’s pregnancy and is one of the causes of high-risk pregnancies in women. When gestational diabetes is managed properly with the help of an experienced physician, a mother will often give birth to a healthy baby. If gestational diabetes is left unmanaged, however, this disease can lead to serious health complications in both the mother and her developing child.  You can learn more about the causes and incidence of gestational diabetes by watching this video from the American Diabetes Association. 

Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers mothers and families state-of-the-art care before, during, and after the birth of a new baby. You can learn more about our maternity hospital by contacting our friendly staff at (702) 880-2100 today.

AARP Driver Safety Class

Thursday, Feb. 23
8 a.m. -  Noon
Education Room/First Floor
$12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members

Check payments only accepted at the door; payable to AARP. Attend this class and receive a discount on your automobile insurance. Call 702.880.2700 to register.

Stroke: Who's at Risk?

Stock Chart

A stroke is a cerebrovascular event that leads to the interruption of blood flow to a part of the brain, resulting in damage or death of brain tissue. Strokes are the number one cause of adult disability in the United States and are the number three cause of death in American men behind heart attack and cancer, resulting in approximately 135,952 deaths in 2007. The symptoms of a stroke occur very suddenly, so knowing your risks and taking early preventive action is vital in avoiding the serious medical consequences associated with this unfortunate event.

Some of the defined risk factors of a stroke include:

  • Advanced age
    The older you are, the more likely you are to suffer from a stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, your risk of having a stroke doubles for each 10 years after you reach the age of 55.
  • Family history
    If you have a close relative (parent or sibling) that has suffered from a stroke, your risk is greater. 
  • Prior personal history with a stroke or heart attack
    If you have survived a stroke or heart attack in the past, you have an increased risk of experiencing a recurrent episode in the future. This also includes transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), also called “mini strokes,” in which blood flow is only interrupted momentarily. 
  • Drug abuse
    Cocaine, heroin, and amphetamine users are more likely to suffer from a stroke.
  • Atrial fibrillation
    This abnormal heart rhythm can promote the formation of blood clots due to the pooling of blood in the upper chambers of the heart. These clots have the ability to travel from the heart and become lodged in your brain, causing a stroke.

Other risk factors include high blood pressure (hypertension), high LDL cholesterol, or high levels of homocysteine. Also, if you are a smoker or have diabetes mellitus, then your chances of having a stroke increase.

To find a knowledgeable physician in the Las Vegas area that can help you to determine and manage your risk factors, contact the staff of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 880-2100. 

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