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Florida First Responder’s and Chest Pain

Chest pain caused by cardiac disease can be the basis of a Florida workers’ compensation claim. Nancy Cavey can help you understand your rights under the Heart and Lung Act.

A the Mayo Clinic article about Chest Pain found here. explains there are two causes of chest pain –  cardiac  and non-cardiac. The cardiac causes are heart attack, angina and other causes.

1.  A heart attack is caused by a blood clot that blocks the blood flow to your heart muscle.

2.  Angina  is caused by artherosclerotic plaque which narrows the arteries that carries blood to your heart. It temporarily restricts the blood flow especially during exertion.

Restricted blood flow causes recurrent episodes of chest pain called angina.

3.  Other cardiac causes include inflammation of the sack that surrounds your heart which is called pericarditis. An aortic dissection resulting from a sharp blow to your chest or as a complication of uncontrolled high blood pressure causes sharp  tearing chest and back pain. Coronary spasm, known as Prinzmetal’s angina, can cause episodes of chest pain with activity or even at rest. It is a temporary closing of the blood flow to your heart and it can even wake you up!

Chest pain is one of the most common reasons Florida First Responders seek emergency care but it doesn’t always signal a heart attack. Chest pain should not be ignored and should be treated immediately.

If, unfortunately, you have significant cardiovascular disease it may be the basis for a Workers’ compensation claim.

Nancy Cavey, a  St.Petersburg based workers compensation attorney, can answer your questions about the Heart and Lung Act. Call her at 727-894-3188.

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