Chest pain

Chest pain

Last Reviewed : 12/24/2020
Chest pain

Chest pain may be a symptom of a number of serious disorders and is, in general, considered a medical emergency. Even though it may be determined that the pain is noncardiac in origin (does not come from a heart problem), this is often a diagnosis of exclusion made after ruling out more serious causes of the pain. Cardiac (heart-related) chest pain is called angina pectoris.

Chest pain is a common presenting problem, as the following numbers illustrate:

  • In the US, an estimated 5 million people per year present to the emergency department with chest pain.
  • More than 50% of people presenting to emergency facilities with unexplained chest pain will have coronary disease ruled out.
  • 1.5 million people are admitted annually for workup of acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
  • Approximately 8 billion dollars are used annually to evaluate complaints of chest pain.
  • Children with chest pain account for 0.3% to 0.6% of pediatric emergency department visits


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Basic information: web md what's causing my chest pain? health line what causes chest pain? 84 possible conditions medline plus chest pain cleveland clinic 3 types of chest pain that won’t kill you heart angina (chest pain) mayo clinic chest pain nhs uk chest pain better health chest pain merck manuals chest pain family doctor chest pain health direct chest pain new york times chest pain university of maryland medical center chest pain healthy children chest pain about kids health chest pain


Advanced information: patient chest pain medicine net chest pain american college of gastroenterology chest pain emedicine health chest pain upto date patient education: chest pain (beyond the basics) health communities chest pain right diagnosis chest pain medical news today heart attack or heartburn? Differences between types of chest pain diagnosing the cause of chest pain by william e. Cayley, jr., m.d., eau claire family medicine residency, eau claire, wisconsin am fam physician. 2005 nov 15;72(10):2012-2021.


Research: chest pain by joan kirschenbaum cohn and peter f. Cohn circulation. 2002;106:530-531 originally published july 30, 2002 prognostic value of myeloperoxidase in patients with chest pain by marie-luise brennan, ph.d. Et al., n engl j med 2003; 349:1595-1604october 23, 2003doi: 10.1056/nejmoa035003 coronary ct angiography versus standard evaluation in acute chest pain by udo hoffmann, m.d., m.p.h., et al., n engl j med 2012; 367:299-308july 26, 2012doi: 10.1056/nejmoa1201161 diagnostic indicators of non-cardiovascular chest pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis by maria m wertli et al., bmc medicine201311:239 doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-239 chest pain in patients with ‘normal angiography’: could it be cardiac? By david p di fiore mbbs fracp and john f beltrame bsc bmbs fracp phd fesc facc faha fcsanz doi:10.1111/1744-1609.12002 int j evid based healthc 2013; 11: 56–68


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