Most people think that chest pain is a sign of heart disease, but while this can be the case, it isn’t always. Unless the pain is sudden and severe, it isn’t usually a sign of a heart attack or angina. However, that doesn’t mean that it can just be ignored. You should always see a doctor if you are having chest pains.
If your doctor suspects that your pain might be linked to a problem with your digestive system, you may need to see a gastroenterologist. You can arrange to have a private endoscopy or other tests to find out what is wrong.
Endoscopy for Chest Pain
In order to find out whether your chest pains are being caused by a gastrointestinal problem such as GORD, the doctor will want to ask about your symptoms and to conduct some tests. One of the common tests for investigating non-cardiac chest pains is endoscopy. During a private endoscopy for chest pain, a special instrument called an endoscope will be used to examine your throat and stomach. The endoscope is a thin, flexible tube that can be passed in through your mouth and down the oesophagus. It has a light and camera on the end so that the doctor can see what is going on inside your digestive system.
Diagnosing Non-Cardiac Chest Pain
Your gastroenterologist will be looking for signs of irritation or damage to the oesophagus, which could help to explain your chest pain. Excessive acid reflux, oesophageal sensitivity, or a rupture in the oesophagus could all cause chest pain. The doctor will also check your swallowing reflexes during the private endoscopy, as problems with the contraction of the oesophagus could also be responsible for your chest pain. Once the cause of the problem has been identified, your doctor will be able to recommend the best treatment to combat your non-cardiac chest pain.