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Fatal causes of chest pain

Chest pain is a common condition yet very threatening to both the patient and the doctor because the underlying aetiology many a times can be lethal especially if it is of sudden onset. Chest pain is usually considered as myocardial ischemia unless proved otherwise. Most important causes that are to be kept in mind and to differentiate from one another would be myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, aortic dissection and tension pneumothorax. Myocardial infarction must be differentiated from aortic dissection oesophageal reflux and spasm, anxiety and pericarditis. History remains most important clinical factor to diagnose. Unfortunately, myocardial infarction and angina are often missed.

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