How is non-cardiac chest pain diagnosed?

The person having chest pain cannot know whether it is heart related or is non-cardiac chest pain. A person having unexplained chest pain should go to the emergency room.

The emergency room doctor first will give the patient a complete physical exam that includes temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. Next the doctor will test the patient for heart disease or heart attack. These tests include an electrocardiogram (a noninvasive test that records the heart’s electrical activity) and blood tests. The heart releases certain proteins when a heart attack occurs that will show up in a blood test.

If these tests show that the heart is fine and the pain is not from a heart attack, the pain is called non-cardiac chest pain.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/25/2015.


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