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What should I do if a patient has chest pain?

What should I do if a patient has chest pain?

CP! Yes: Chest pain can be due to- heart attacks, aneurysm, pericarditis, pleurisy, pneumonia, acid reflux, 'gas', esophagitis, pulmonary embolism, gall bladder disease, costochondritis, rib fractures, cancers etc. Get evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

Many people with chest pain fear a heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain. Some causes are not dangerous to your health, while other causes are ...Read more


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Is it essential to do diagnostic test to low risk patient with chest pain?

It depends: A low risk patient with chest pain could have many possibilities for a diagnosis, so the decision of testing depends on what the most likely causes are for that particular patient. If it's suspicious for a pulmonary embolus, then a test is absolutely necessary. On the other hand, if it sounds like acid reflux causing the pain then a test isn't necessary. ...Read more

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Cardiomyopathy patient having light chest pain on the left over my heart?

Cardiomyopathy patient having light chest pain on the left over my heart?

You need be checked: Unfortunately, with a known cardiomyopathy, you need further evaluation to see if this is related at all. You may have chest pain from straining your back. You may get chest pain from acid reflux. You make a chest pain from a bad cold. For you the answer is go see your cardiologist. ...Read more

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A patient presented to the ER with chest pain and has a ventricular pacemaker. Probable causes?

Heart disease: The pacemaker is likely not the cause or contributor to the chest pain--it is likely heart disease (which the pacemaker is a marker of). ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a patient presented to the ER with chest pain and a ventricular pacemaker, what they will do?

Can you tell me if a patient presented to the ER with chest pain and a ventricular pacemaker, what they will do?

Usual: Usually starts with history taking and physical examination, chest x-ray, ekg. Depending on findings and clinical impression, further testing may be done. ...Read more

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As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis ?

As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis ?

Inflamation: Pericarditis is inflamation of the sack around the heart. Pushing on your chest will not reproduce the pain. Some changes in position will. Costochondritis is inflamation in the chest wall. Applying pressure will cause the pain to increase. ...Read more

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My husband had a stent with medication put in on sept 19, he is still haveing pressure, it was put in the circumflex. Why my husband is a cardiac patient and has been for about 20 years. He was having chest pain and kept having it after three trips to the

My husband had a stent with medication put in on sept 19, he is still haveing pressure, it was put in the circumflex. Why my husband is a cardiac patient and has been for about 20 years. He was having chest pain and kept having it after three trips to the

Chest : Chest pressure after stenting is common during the first 24-48 hours. If your husband is still having chest discomfort he should be seeing by his cardiologist who will probably perform a stress test. He could be having a blockeage on a different artery that was not fixed. Maybe the Aspirin and/or palvix are causing gastric problems that are manifested in the chest. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is an EKG a definitive test for vascular damage for a patient with chest pain?

Is an EKG a definitive test for vascular damage for a patient with chest pain?

Not definitive: Ecg can be completely normal unless you had a previous infarct or are currently having an acute coronary syndrome. There are signs suggesting ischemic heart disease but they re not definitive. A stress test is the next line of testing followed by cardiac catheterization which is truly definitive. ...Read more

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