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:
- Using a contrast dye to determine if an artery is narrowing
- Coronary catheterization
- Showing the heart’s internal structures
- Creating a “picture” of the heart
- 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 nicotine cessation therapy if you smoke
- 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
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.