Feb 14, 2021
Written and Researched By: Caleb Dusdal
Peer Review By: Chris Cochrane
Given a patient with undefined chest pain, take an adequate history to make a specific diagnosis (e.g., determine risk factors, whether the pain is pleuritic or sharp, pressure, etc.).
Given a clinical scenario suggestive of life-threatening conditions (e.g., pulmonary embolism, tamponade, dissection, pneumothorax), begin timely treatment (before the diagnosis is confirmed, while doing an appropriate work-up).
In a patient with unexplained chest pain, rule out ischemic heart disease