Thank you to the community at large, who support the vision of IPALC and the leaders who devote their time, talent and treasure to keep goals in focus. Without the patients of Lee County, the Physicians of Lee County wouldn't matter!
On average, about 6 million people experience chest pain in the United States each year. Chest pain is scary, especially when you're unsure of the cause. Right off the bat, many people are worried that they're having a heart attack or experiencing cardiac arrest. Chest pain can be caused by a lot of different things that have nothing to do with the heart.
Although chest pain should always be treated as a serious matter, not all chest pain has to do with the heart. I wanted to share some common causes of chest pain. Some of these causes are more serious than others, but you should always talk to a doctor about the chest pain your experiencing as soon as possible.
Heartburn - If it gets bad enough, heartburn can feel like a heart attack, because the stomach and the heart both can cause chest or epigastric pain. If you think it may be heartburn or acid reflux, take an over-the-counter antacid to soothe the burning you feel.
Anxiety - Panic attacks from anxiety are often mistaken for heart attacks. However, no one has ever died from a panic attack, but that does not mean they are not equally scary to experience. A panic attack can cause chest tightness, lightheadedness, heart palpitations and sweaty palms, which can all be felt during a heart attack. Some people, who have experienced panic attack before, are able to reassure themselves that if a panic attack strikes again they don't need to worry that their heart is in danger.
I hope everyone has a terrific and healthy summer. As I write the president's message for May 2017 there hasn't been any advanced health care legislation. The past 8 years has taught us something - Health Insurance Is Not Health Care. As we witness the news reports and hopefully some changed legislation please consider a blog I wrote a few years ago- it is still very relevant.
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Thanks for considering IPALC doctors for your care!
Raymond W. Kordonowy MD President
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D.O. - Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Residency - Medical College of Georgia Fellowship - Stanford University
Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Certificate of Added Qualifications in Spine Surgery
He and his wife, Irene, are proud parents of two sons. Dr. Fuchs helped originate our Spine Center, and is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive spinal procedures.