Chest Pain

UT Southwestern Medical Center is nationally recognized as a leader in the speed at which we initiate therapy for ischemic heart disease (congestive heart failure that is a result of coronary artery disease), surpassing the national average by 25 percent.

Chest Pain Tests and Exams

If you’re experiencing symptoms of chest pain, a specialist can perform one or more diagnostic procedures, including:

Arteriography
Using a contrast dye to determine if an artery is narrowing
Coronary catheterization
 Showing the heart’s internal structures
Echocardiogram
Creating a “picture” of the heart
Electrocardiogram
Testing the characteristics of heart rate and rhythm
Exercise stress test
Testing heart function at an increased demand state

Chest Pain Treatment Options

UT Southwestern cardiologists will also thoroughly evaluate your medical histories, family history of heart disease, and any lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your condition.

If diagnosed with a heart condition or disease, a cardiologist will discuss with you the appropriate treatment options for your specific situation.

The treatments may include one or more of the following:

Lifestyle changes
Exercising, losing weight, reducing sodium intake, or beginning smoking cessation therapy if you smoke
Medication
Aspirin to reduce the risk of blood clots, beta-blockers to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, nitrates to improve heart blood supply, or calcium channel  blockers to relax artery tone
Surgical interventions
Balloon angioplasty, coronary stenting, minimally invasive surgery, or coronary artery bypass grafting

Patient Education

UT Southwestern reminds you that it is important to be aware of any family history of heart disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.

Chest pain and discomfort are warning signs of a potential and imminent heart attack, and you should become familiar with those signs because fast action can save lives.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a chest pain specialist at UT Southwestern's facilities in Dallas or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.