Chest Pain & Shortness Of Breath

Washington Vascular Specialists

Interventional Cardiology & Vascular Surgery located in Takoma Park, MD, Frederick, MD, & Largo, MD

Chest pain and shortness of breath can be scary and may make your normal activities difficult. With testing, diagnosis, and treatment at Washington Vascular Specialists in Takoma Park, Largo, and Frederick, Maryland, you can get support and relief from your symptoms. Mubashar Choudry, MD, is an interventional cardiologist and vascular surgeon who has cared for men and women with chest pain and shortness of breath for more than two decades. Call or click to schedule an appointment online with Dr. Choudry to get relief.

Chest Pain & Shortness of Breath Q & A

What causes chest pain and shortness of breath?

Chest pain has many causes — from minor concerns to life-threatening medical issues. The common causes of heart-related chest pain and shortness of breath include:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Heart attack
  • Myocarditis
  • Pericarditis
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Coronary artery dissection

These health problems can be life-threatening and require immediate attention to prevent permanent damage to your heart or even death.

The common causes of lung-related chest pain and shortness of breath include:

  • Pleuritis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Asthma

Some causes of chest pain and shortness of breath are related to chronic health problems, like obesity, diabetes, and tobacco smoking. Chronic diseases and non-healing wounds also increase your risk of infections that can cause chest pain and shortness of breath and, possible, permanent heart damage.

How is the cause of chest pain and shortness of breath diagnosed?

Because the causes of chest pain and shortness of breath vary, Dr. Choudry begins your visit with a thorough evaluation of your medical history and symptoms. He listens to your heart and lungs, checks your blood pressure and pulse, and may perform additional tests based on your symptoms.

If additional tests are needed, Dr. Choudry performs them on-site at Washington Vascular Specialists.

What types of tests are used to diagnose chest pain and shortness of breath?

These are the tests Dr. Choudry relies on to assess heart-related chest pain and shortness of breath.

EKG

An electrocardiogram (EKG) records the electrical activity in your heart using electrodes on your chest. This test allows Dr. Choudry to assess how effectively your heart is beating and if abnormalities are present.

Echo stress test

The echo stress test assesses the function of your heart and cardiac blood vessels. During this test, Dr. Choudry checks your blood pressure and pulse while you walk on a treadmill in the office.

Dr. Choudry also collects diagnostic ultrasound images by using an ultrasound wand over your chest. With these images, he visualizes the areas of your heart not functioning properly.

Cardiac clearances

A cardiac clearance is a series of tests to determine if you’re a good candidate for surgery. These tests include blood pressure screening, EKG, and an echo stress test along with your medical history.

If Dr. Choudry rules out heart-related causes for your symptoms, he refers you to a respiratory specialist to assess your lung function. Other specialists and treatment are available as needed.

If you’re experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath, don’t wait to get help. Call Dr. Choudry or schedule a visit online now.