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Diagnostic Tests for Chest pressure

Diagnostic Test list for Chest pressure:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Chest pressure includes:

  • Physical examination
    • General appearance e.g. pale and sweating must consider heart attack or pulmonary embolus
    • Blood pressure - may be high in heart attack, anxiety or panic attack.
    • Pulses - check rate and regularity.
    • Temperature may be elevated in acute bronchitis and pneumonia
    • Listen to heart for murmurs or added sounds
    • Listen to lungs for evidence of acute bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma
    • Examine legs for evidence of deep venous thrombosis which may suggest pulmonary embolus as cause of chest pain
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR
    • Electrolytes and renal function tests
    • Liver function tests
    • Cardiac enzymes and troponin levels can help diagnose heart attack
  • Electrocardiogram - may help detect angina, heart attack, arrhythmias and pulmonary embolus.
  • Radiological investigations
    • Chest X-Ray may detect congestive cardiac failure as a result of heart attack, pneumonia and asthma
    • Thallium-201 scan is useful in diagnosing both heart attack and angina
    • Coronary angiography should be considered if suspect heart attack and condition deteriorates and may also be necessary to help diagnose angina
    • Ventilation-perfusion scan if suspect pulmonary embolism
    • Pulmonary angiography should be considered if arterial blood gases and ventilation-perfusion scan are negative and still suspect pulmonary embolism
  • Lung function tests - can help diagnose asthma and sarcoidosis.
  • Exercise tolerance test - may help diagnose angina.
  • 24hr holter monitor - is useful in diagnosing arrhythmias and angina.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Chest pressure causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Chest pressure:

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