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Keywords

acute coronary syndrome, aortic dissection, chest pain, differential diagnosis, mitral valve prolapse, panic attack, pericarditis, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, spontaneous pneumothorax, women

 

Authors

  1. Briggs, Linda A. DNP, ANP-BC, ACNP-BC, FAANP

Abstract

Abstract: The causes of chest pain range from benign sources such as muscle strain to life-threatening diagnoses such as aortic dissection and myocardial infarction. The likelihood and presentations of disorders causing chest pain are different between women and men. This article highlights important features in determining a correct diagnosis.