About the book
Chest pain is a common clinical symptom which could be due to a myriad of etiology. Chest pain could affect up to 40% of the general population during their lifetime. It is a very common presenting symptom to both primary care providers and to an emergency room. It is very important to identify the high-risk chest pain at each and every level so that appropriate management could be initiated at the earliest. This also has a huge economical implication. Chest pain can be triggered by a range of different illnesses, including cardiac (ischemic vs non-ischemic), gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, psychological, pulmonary diseases, traumatic and iatrogenic as a complication of invasive procedures. While the life-threatening cardiac disease is of the greatest and immediate concern to both patient and treating provider, cardiac cause of chest pain constitute only about 10% of all patients with chest pain.
Majority of the chest pain is due to non-cardiac disease. Hence, it is very important for the providers to identify and risk stratify patients with true cardiac disease and also equally more important to rule out non-cardiac causes of chest pain. In this book, we will intend to provide the reader with a comprehensive view of all cardiac and non-cardiac causes of chest pain, with a focus on the clinical history, diagnostic methods and various treatment options for all causes of chest pain.