Chest Pain Assessment

There are many types of, and reasons for, chest pain. Chest pain may be sharp, stabbing, dull, aching, burning or crushing. At times, chest pain radiates up into the neck, or jaw, or down the arms. While chest pain may be the result of many injuries or disease conditions, the most life-threatening condition chest pain involve the lungs or the heart. Any chest pain should be medically evaluated, since some chest pain requires urgent medical, or even surgical, intervention. While chest pain may not indicate a serious medical disorder, and is a common symptom of panic attacks, which although acutely uncomfortable are not dangerous, it is always best to be cautious and have any chest pain medically evaluated.

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