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chest pain

n. pain in the chest

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. Pain in the chest wall muscles is called by other names, such as pectoralgia, stethalgia, thoracalgia, and thoracodynia.

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

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

Usage examples of "chest pain".

Absorbing such a blow would have left Baralis with nothing more than a headache and a mild chest pain.

The nagging chest pain was back - a dull, tight cage of iron around his upper ribs.

It had been weeks since the last paralysing chest pain, the dull ache in his right bicep and the pins and needles in his fingertips.