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Chest Pain Overview (cont.)

What's the prognosis for chest pain?

Most often the prognosis for chest pain (both cardiac and non-cardiac) is good because there are several medications that work quite well for chest pain. However, the ultimate prognosis for the patient depends on the underlying cause of the chest pain. If the underlying cause for both cardiac and non-cardiac chest pain is not addressed, then the prognosis can be fair to poor.

Because cardiac chest pain is a symptom of heart problems, recurrent and longer-lasting cardiac chest pain is a sign that the heart problem might be getting worse.

REFERENCES:

"Chest Pain in Children and Teenagers." The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. May 2013.

"Heart Attack Symptoms in Women." American Heart Association. 1 Oct. 2013.

Alaeddini, J., et al. "Angina Pectoris." Medscape. 1 Apr. 2013.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/26/2014

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