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Rush Limbaugh has advice for chest pain sufferers

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Severe chest pains that landed Rush Limbaugh in a hospital in Hawaii were not from heart blockages. He tells the nation his heart is fine, and also gives kudos to our health care system. Rush Limbaugh told reporters at a press conference that his heart checked out fine. "The pain was real, and they don't know what caused it," Limbaugh said. He also says if you experience chest pain, get it checked out immediately.

Rush Limbaugh spoke about his health condition with vibrancy and enthusiasm, saying he has been “treated by the best health care the world has to offer”. He says the experience has been “humbling”, describing the severity of upper left chest pain that was unrelieved by sitting and walking. He subsequently received “extensive tests”, saying that having found out he is free of heart disease is a “blessing”.

Rush Limbaugh had an angiogram, otherwise known as a cardiac catheterization. During the procedure a catheter is inserted into the groin, and then advanced through the heart arteries. A dye is injected that allows physicians to visualize the flow of the dye. If heart blockages are present, they are detectible, and then an intervention, such as angioplasty or stent can be performed.

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Rush Limbaugh is 58 years old, a prime time when men can become vulnerable to heart attack. He says “it is not worth the risk” of trying to “tough out” chest pain, indicating how frightening it can be trying to guess if you are having a heart attack. Left sided chest pain is a common symptom of heart attack, in addition to shortness of breath, jaw and left arm pain, sweating, weakness, dizziness, and sometimes severe indigestion may be the only symptom.

Rush Limbaugh says our health care system is “working just fine”. He says his care was “complete…and confidence inspiring”. He says he was treated like everyone else, and that is exactly as it should be in a professional health care environment, to which any nurse of physician can attest. For now, it is a guess as to what caused Limbaugh’s chest pain, and he says he is now better prepared. He also says he "always wondered what a heart attack would be like".

Rush Limbaugh’s cardiologist reiterated the importance of calling 911 for anyone who thinks they are having heart problems. Chest pain can occur for a variety of reasons, including coronary artery spasm, also mentioned by Rush Limbaugh. Esophageal spasm, severe reflux, inflammation of the cartilage that surrounds the ribs, pleurisy, and stomach inflammation with referred pain to the chest are all potential causes of chest pain. In Rush Limbaugh’s case, thankfully it does not seem to be heart disease that caused his chest pain. He was treated at Queen's hospital in Honolulu.