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Chest pain

  • Definition: 
    • Chest pain is discomfort or pain that you feel anywhere along the front of your body between your neck and upper abdomen.
  • Prevention:
    • Achieve and maintain normal weight.
    • Control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
    • Avoid cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke.
    • Eat a diet low in saturated and hydrogenated fats and cholesterol, and high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, fruits, and vegetables.
    • Get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on most days of the week.
    • Reduce stress.
  • Treatment:  If you suspect that you or someone you are with may be having a heart attack, call 911 for emergency services or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
    • While waiting for the ambulance, have the patient chew two baby aspirin or at least half of a regular aspirin -- at least 160 mg. There is no evidence that taking more than this helps more, and the patient could have unwanted side effects if they take too much.
    • It is important to chew the aspirin before swallowing it because chewing decreases the time the medicine takes to have an effect.
    • Chewing an aspirin in the early stages of a heart attack may reduce the risk of death and it may also reduce the severity of the attack.

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Leonard J.Scuderi, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Disease Specialist
CardioFit Medical Group, Inc.
23456 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 250
Torrance, CA   90505
Phone 310-791-5577
Fax 310-791-
5575