By Dr Gautam Das , Pain Management
Pectoral refers to the chest region and anything relating to it. Pectoral pain is a common symptom of a heart attack. However, heart attacks need to be treated completely differently from other causes of pectoral or chest pain. The most common reasons for chest pain are acid reflux as well as angina. Here are some of the ways to treat with such causes of chest pain…
What is Angina?
Angina is a condition of the heart where it does not get enough oxygen-rich blood. This can be treated with certain medications.
The medication which is primarily used is nitroglycerin, through either a tablet or by spraying it underneath the tongue. However, it is important to know what type of Angina the patient has. If the patient has been diagnosed with Angina for the first time and the Angina does not go away within the first five minutes of dissolving the nitroglycerin, then it is important to call emergency services.
What is Acid Reflux?
Acid Reflux occurs when a valve called the lower esophageal sphincter in your stomach which is supposed to stop food flowing back into the esophagus does not work. This is one of the primary causes of heartburn – when it reaches your stomach.
Treating Acid Reflux or GERD-
Usually, you can solve this problem with antacids you get right over the counter. However, do not take these medicines without consulting your doctor.
Finally, do schedule regular visits to the doctor if you have persistent Angina, as it may often stem into heart attacks. The symptoms of a heart attack include shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, vomiting as well as arm or jaw pain.