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
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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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