Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Differential Diagnosis of Chest Pain


Gunjan Choudhary

University of Cincinnati


Myocardial Infarction Ischemic Heart Disease Dissection Pericardial Disease Pleurisy Pneumothorax Costochondritis Myositis Gastroesophageal Reflux Esophageal Spasm Post Surgical Chest Pain Iatrogenic Pneumothorax

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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. 

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About the editor

Umashankar Lakshmanadoss

Mercy Health

Dr. Umashankar Lakshmanadoss completed his training from Madras Medical College, India, and from University of Rochester, NY, USA. He served as director of inpatient medical consult service at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then joined the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA, USA. Then he pursued training in cardiac electrophysiology at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and continued his advanced cardiac electrophysiology training at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Currently, he is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, where he also serves as the director of complex arrhythmia ablation program. His research interest is in the field of clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

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