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Do doctors in ers treat chest pain in teenagers seriously?

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Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine
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In brief: Yes

Chest pain is always treated seriously, especially as diabetes and obesity becomes a bigger problem in adolescents, along with the ever-present risk of drug abuse.
Rarely does chest pain signify something serious in this age group but a proper history and physical examination will be done, followed by tests and labs if needed.

In brief: Yes

Chest pain is always treated seriously, especially as diabetes and obesity becomes a bigger problem in adolescents, along with the ever-present risk of drug abuse.
Rarely does chest pain signify something serious in this age group but a proper history and physical examination will be done, followed by tests and labs if needed.
Dr. John Washburn
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Absolutely

Heart attacks are, thankfully, exceedingly rare in teenagers but there are other important causes of chest pain in teenagers that er doctors are looking for. A short list includes: pneumothorax (collapsed lung), pleurisy, pericarditis, pneumonia, trauma, cholecystitis, ruptured spleen, esophagitis.
And many more. A teen using Cocaine is still at risk for heart attack too, despite their age.

In brief: Absolutely

Heart attacks are, thankfully, exceedingly rare in teenagers but there are other important causes of chest pain in teenagers that er doctors are looking for. A short list includes: pneumothorax (collapsed lung), pleurisy, pericarditis, pneumonia, trauma, cholecystitis, ruptured spleen, esophagitis.
And many more. A teen using Cocaine is still at risk for heart attack too, despite their age.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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