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Chest Pain

Alternate Names : Thoracic Pain, Chest Wall Pain

Chest Pain | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

Chest pain symptoms are related to the underlying cause of the pain. The person's description of the pain can be helpful to the healthcare provider in determining its source. Questions the provider may ask include:

  • What is the exact location of the pain?
  • What is the quality of the pain: dull, sharp, pressure-like, stabbing, or throbbing?
  • How severe is the pain on a scale of 1 to 10?
  • When did the pain start?
  • What was the person doing when the pain started?
  • How long has the pain lasted? If the pain has stopped, when did it stop or how often has the person experienced this pain?
  • Does the pain travel outside the chest or through to the back?
  • Do other symptoms occur with the pain such as nausea, sweating, or shortness of breath?

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    Chest Pain: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 09/04/01

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