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i have severe chest pains, but my ekgs were normal. does this mean that something is wrong with my lungs?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
25 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: Ekg's are helpful in screening for heart attacks but do not give all of the information needed (a small percentage of patients can have a heart attack with a normal ekg). Lung problems typically present with difficulty breathing rather than pain as the primary complaint. If the pain is abrupt in onset and severe in intensity, aortic dissection should be also considered.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
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Dr. Eric Toloza
30 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Possibly ...: Consult with your doctor for lung and chest wall (rib cage) examination and possibly imaging studies (chest x-ray and possibly ct scan) ...
Answered on Apr 17, 2012
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Many possibilities: Evaluation of chest pain is challenging - initial tests often inconclusive. Heart pain doesn't always have diagnostic ekg changes at first, so additional tests may be needed based on detailed history of pain, age, gender, habits, past med history, etc. Partial list: pleuritis, pericarditis, aneurysm, pneumonia, costochondritis, shingles, rib injury, esophageal spasm, pneumothorax, pulmonary embolus, gerd, .
Answered on Jul 6, 2014

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