Chest pain is the initial symptom of many life-threatening disease processes, Pain may arise from any structure located in the thoracic cavity. Cardiac causes of chest pain usually have anginal symptoms. Noncardiac causes have a variety of chest pain characteristics. Diseases that require immediate attention and intervention are myocardial infarction/unstable angina, dissecting aortic aneurysm, pericarditis, pulmonary embolism, pneumothorax, pneumonia, and acute chest syndrome. In order to evaluate a patient with the complaint of chest pain, the advanced practice nurse must be familiar wish the differential diagnosis approach to acute chest pain
Diagnostic Approach to Common Medical Problems in the Hospitalized Adult| August 01 1997
Acute Chest Pain
Ellen M. Fallon, RN, MSN, ACNP-CS, CCRN;
*From the Graduate Hospital Center City Division, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania.
†From the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1997) 8 (3): 383–397.
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Ellen M. Fallon, Jaime Roques; Acute Chest Pain. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 August 1997; 8 (3): 383–397. doi:
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