Chest Pain Specialist

Dr. Alberto Chavira

Cardiologists located in San Marcos, CA

It’s easy to dismiss chest pain, thinking it’s heartburn or something minor. However, Chest pain can be a sign that you have a serious heart-related issue. In San Marcos, California, highly skilled and experienced cardiologist Dr. Alberto Chavira gets to the root cause of your chest pain and determines the best treatment. Chest pain can be associated with angina, pericarditis, and many other illnesses. Call to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Chest Pain

What is causing my chest pain?

The main focus of the evaluation is to determine what is causing the chest pain.  

Some other non-cardiac causes of chest pain are listed below:

  • Problems related to the digestive system, such as heartburn, gallbladder, stomach ulcers, cancer of the GI tract
  • Chronic pain syndromes, such as fibromyalgia
  • Costochondritis (inflammation and pain in the cartilage of your rib cage)
  • Lung disorders, such as pleurisy or pulmonary embolism


How do I know if I have heart-related chest pain?

It’s best to visit a highly qualified cardiologist, such as Dr. Chavira, to determine if your chest pain is heart-related. People experiencing chest pain from heart issue may have other symptoms, including:

  • Fullness, burning, or tightness in your chest.
  • Mild to severe chest pain radiating to your neck, back, shoulders, jaw, and one or both arms.
  • Pain that is brought on or that worsens with physical activity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweats
  • Weakness and dizziness
  • Vomiting and nausea

Chest pain secondary to heart disease shows up in many forms, ranging from sharp stabbing pain to a dull ache. It can occur in places other than the chest (neck, back, shoulders, arms, upper abdomen).


What are the treatments for chest pain?

The right treatment for your chest pain depends on the underlying cause. Dr. Chavira typically conducts a thorough evaluation of your chest pain. He usually will recommend a stress test, an echocardiogram, blood tests, or another testing if necessary.

Once he’s determined the cause of your chest pain, Dr. Chavira creates a personalized treatment plan to improve your heart health and prevent future occurrences or complications.

Dr. Chavira might prescribe certain medications, such as artery relaxers, blood thinners, aspirin, and cholesterol medicines. He will also suggest lifestyle changes, nutritional counseling, stress management, and exercise guidance. Some cases of chest pain might be very dangerous conditions. In assessing every patient, Dr. Chavira will determine how serious the chest pain is.

If you’ve been experiencing chest pain, get it assessed by calling Dr. Alberto Chavira or booking online to schedule an appointment immediately.