What is chest pain?Chest pain is a rather common chief complaint for many patients. Chest pain can be severe or slight, sharp or dull, constant or occasional. Some people with chest pain due to heart disease only have symptoms like nausea, vomiting, sweating, or difficulty breathing. Thus, it is important to thoroughly evaluate all symptoms with a comprehensive approach. While heart disease accounts for only about a third of chest pain, it is important to realize that chest pain can arise for other reasons that could represent equally concerning, potentially life threatening conditions1. Regardless of the cause, the clinical need for a rapid, reliable, and accurate diagnostic evaluation for chest pain is essential.
Who should consider visiting the Chest Pain Clinic?The CPC is designed for two particular patients: those who are interested in receiving a comprehensive, efficient evaluation of their cardiac health as well as those who have active chest pain. In particular, the CPC is especially valuable for those who:
- Possess a family or personal history of heart disease
- Suffer from high blood pressure or high cholesterol
- Have smoked or continue to smoke
- Are overweight or not in good physical shape
- Are subjected to an ongoing stressful professional or personal lifestyle
- Have had dizziness, weakness, nausea, sweating or difficulty breathing
How is the Chest Pain Clinic different from other clinics?For those without active chest pain symptoms but still interested in fully addressing their cardiac health before the development of any cardiac issues, our experienced CPC physicians have assembled a comprehensive Executive Cardiac Diagnostic Evaluation which is designed to provide our patients with a confident understanding of their cardiac risk.
For those with active chest pain, our team’s first priority is to rule out the presence of a life threatening condition such as heart attack, blood clot in the lung, or spontaneous lung deflation. We are singularly focused and experienced in dealing with the causes and manifestations of the various illnesses that lead to chest pain and cardiac disease. Our team will work with you to help you understand the cause and treatment of your pain as well as to address your concerns about your cardiac health and ways to minimize your future risk of heart disease. Whether you have had active chest pain or are concerned that you may be at risk for heart disease, the CPC is here to provide you with the answers you deserve.
What should I expect when I visit the Chest Pain Clinic?First and foremost, we are focused on assuring your safety, health, and comfort. Depending upon the clinical situation, patients will be enrolled into an efficient, rapid, observation protocol consisting of:
- Cardiac risk analysis including blood lipid, diabetic, and inflammatory marker evaluation
- Repeat cardiac enzyme laboratory evaluation
- Ongoing electrocardiographic monitoring
- Exercise stress testing
- Radiologic studies as indicated
- Cardiology specialist consultation
- Medical therapy as indicated
Who is the Chest Pain Clinic Team?For those who may have chest pain, our highly trained multi-disciplinary staff will also concurrently consider other non-cardiac reasons causes as part of our comprehensive approach. We are dedicated to addressing all factors that influence your health, from the emotional impact illness may have on your life to lifestyle coaching and smoking cessation.
The CPC team is comprised of highly trained international and domestic physicians. Our nursing and ancillary staff have years of experience serving in hospitals and medical clinics dedicated to maintaining an international standard of care. We are confident that our dedication to providing superior, efficient care means your visit with us at the Chest Pain Clinic will be of the highest caliber.
|Haegeun Song||Diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease, arrythmia and heart failure as well as general Internal medicine disease including diabetes, thyroid disease, GI and respiratory disease.||Korean, English|