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Chest Pain

Non-Cardiac Chest Pain

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OverviewWhat is Non-Cardiac Chest Pain?Non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) is a term used to describe chest pain that resembles heart pain (also called angina) in patients who do not have heart disease. The pain typically is felt behind the breast bone (sternum) and is described as oppressive, squeezing or pressure-like. It may radiate to the neck, left arm or the back (the spine). It may be precipitated by food intake. It lasts variable periods of time and it is not unusual for it to last...OverviewWhat is Non-Cardiac Chest Pain?Non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) is a term used to describe chest pain that resembles heart pain (also called angina) in patients who do not have heart disease. The pain typically is felt behind the breast bone (sternum)...

Chest Pain in Kids

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Here's something most parents probably don't know, chest pain is common in kids

It's an alarming symptom that causes a lot of moms and dads to worry.

However, a new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that chest pain in children is usually not due to heart problems.

Researchers looked at the records of 3,700 young patients who came to a hospital with chest pain. The kids were 13 years old, on average, and doctors followed them for about four...

Children's Chest Pain Rarely Cause for Alarm

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Common complaint can trigger anxiety for parents, excessive cardiac screenings for kids

MONDAY, Oct. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Chest pains that send children to health clinics are usually triggered by strained muscles, asthma, or even spicy pizza, and rarely by what parents fear most -- a life-threatening heart condition, a pediatric study reports.

Among 3,700 children and young adults ages 7 to 22 who were evaluated for chest pain at Children's Hospital Boston from 2000 to 2009, only 37...

Power of Suggestion Affects Heart Arteries

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By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Simply suggesting that a treatment will ease chest pain may not only dampen the pain, but directly alter heart arteries, a small study concludes.

Among 30 patients having a procedure to evaluate their chest pain, researchers found that those who were told they were being given an infusion of a pain-relieving drug did, on average, report a decrease in pain.

But the participants also showed a measurable change in their heart arteries: a slight but...

Chest Pain Severity Not a Heart Attack Indicator

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By Allison Bond

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A high degree of pain does not make it any more likely that someone coming into the emergency room with chest pains is having a heart attack, researchers found in a study of more than 3,000 patients.

The most severe chest pain was not a good predictor of which patients were actually having a myocardial infarction, or heart attack, nor of which patients were most prone to having one within the next month.

Conversely, "If chest pain isn't severe...