In the following videos, interventional cardiologists and an emergency medicine physician from Rush answer frequently asked questions about heart attack and chronic chest pain, including which treatments and clinical trials are available at Rush for patients with chest pain. (For more answers from Rush heart experts on such topics as minimally invasive surgical procedures, see the Rush video FAQ on adult cardiac surgery.)
What is the difference between a heart attack and chronic chest pain?
Interventional cardiologist Gary Schaer, MD, differentiates between heart attack-related pain and chronic chest pain.
Is chest pain always the main symptom of a heart attack?
Emergency room physician Yanina Purim-Shem-Tov, MD, MS, talks about the symptoms of a heart attack and why not everyone who's having a heart attack experiences crushing chest pain.
Why should you get to the hospital quickly if you think you're having a heart attack?
Interventional cardiologist Neeraj Jolly, MD, explains why you shouldn't wait to seek treatment if you think you're having a heart attack.
What is "door-to-balloon" time and how does it affect heart attack survival?
In this video, Jolly reveals why having a short "door-to-balloon time" improves a patient's chances of surviving a heart attack with minimal damage.
What is the protocol when someone comes to the Rush emergency room with chest pain?
In this video, Purim-Shem-Tov gives a rundown on Rush's multidisciplinary approach to assessing and treating chest pain.
Rush is accredited as a Chest Pain Center; what does that mean?
In this video, Purim-Shem-Tov explains what it takes to receive accreditation as a Chest Pain Center and what this designation means for patients.
What are the leading risk factors for heart attack?
As Jolly explains in this video, there are many risk factors for a heart attack, including family history, smoking, lack of exercise and obesity.
If you've had a heart attack, how can you prevent another?
A second heart attack can be far more deadly than a first attack. In this video, Schaer talks about how to lower your risk factors to prevent another heart attack.
How is chronic chest pain treated at Rush?
As Schaer explains in this video, there are several treatment approaches for chest pain, including medications, angiogram and stem cell therapy, which is available at Rush through clinical trials.