Approach to Chest Pain

naked man  having a heart attackChest pain is a common presenting symptom in the Emergency Department and accounts for approximately 5% of ED visits.  A systematic approach is required to differentiate the life threatening causes from the less serious.  This module will review the differential diagnosis for a patient presenting to the ED with chest pain, discuss diagnostic strategies, and summarize the management for various life threatening conditions.

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Acknowledgements: 

Phil Miller MD, Author – created 2013

Maria Ivankovic MD – module revisions 2018

Yasmine Mawji MD, Shirley Lee MD – editors