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Chest Pain Santa Monica, CA

There are several reasons a person may experience chest pain. Often, the first thought is a heart attack; however, there are also several non-life-threatening reasons someone may have chest pain. The pain you feel could be coming from the lungs, muscles in the chest, ribs, tendons, esophagus or nerves as well as the heart. Pain from the back, neck and abdomen can radiate into the chest also.

Chest pain associated with a heart attack may be felt as pressure on the chest or a sense of fullness. Some people describe a burning sensation. Severe pain radiating to the back, neck, jaw or arms could also indicate a heart problem. Pain from a heart attack may come and go and vary in intensity. It will last longer than a few minutes and may get worse with activity.

Other symptoms that may accompany heart attack pain are shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, weakness and cold sweats. If these symptoms are present, it is best to call 9-1-1 for medical help.

Other serious causes of chest pain include a pulmonary embolism or blood clot in the lung, collapse of the lung and pneumonia. These types of chest pains may require urgent care. A tear in the wall of the large blood vessel that takes blood from the heart, the aorta, can cause a sudden, sharp pain in the upper back and chest.

Generally, most episodes of chest pain are less serious. These incidences can include such things as a panic attack, pleurisy, or swelling of the lining around the lung, inflammation of the sternum, shingles or muscle strain. Gallstones, acid reflux and spasms of the esophagus also cause pain in the chest area.

Contact Your Doctor

There is a reason you experience chest pain, so it is always best that you check in with your doctor to rule out any serious causes or conditions. If you experience the symptoms of a heart attack, it is critical that you call 9-1-1.

Identifying the cause of your chest pain can lead to effective treatment. Relief may be as simple as watching the foods you eat, taking an antacid, managing your stress levels or taking a pain reliever. A thorough examination and testing will provide the information needed to get you the care you require.

Stop suffering from unexplained chest pain. Contact Dr. Michael and schedule an appointment today.

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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