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Chest Pain

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Chest pain is discomfort or pain that is felt anywhere along the front of the body between the neck and upper abdomen. Though many people with chest pain fear a heart attack, there are many possible causes. Some causes are mildly inconvenient, while other causes are serious, even life-threatening.

The following organs or tissues in the chest can be the source of pain:

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Esophagus
  • Muscles
  • Ribs
  • Tendons
  • Nerves

Angina is a type of heart-related chest pain. This pain occurs because the heart is not getting enough blood and oxygen. Angina pain can be similar to the pain of a heart attack.

Virtua's chest pain protocols allow for rapid identification of the causes of chest pain and provide prompt, high-quality care to all patients. Virtua's cardiac catheterization labs provide full-service diagnostics cauterizations as well as angioplasty and stenting for myocardial infarction (MI) – a heart attack – and acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

Virtua's cardiovascular program provides a continuum of care including cardiovascular prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. The program is staffed by a team of more than 100 board-certified cardiologists, experienced nurses in cardiac care and registered cardiovascular technicians in the south New Jersey area.

Virtua all-digital cardiac catheterization labs at Virtua Memorial and Virtua Marlton in the south New Jersey area are equipped with the latest technology to diagnose narrowed or blocked arteries. These labs are designated by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to provide emergency intervention including emergency angioplasty and stenting for high-risk patients experiencing a heart attack.

When in doubt, it's best to seek immediate medical attention for chest pain by calling 9-1-1.