Chest pain of recent onset: assessment and diagnosis

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Underlying cardiac conditions with chest pain as a symptom, such as angina or acute coronary syndrome, can have a potentially poor prognosis. Accurately identifying the cause of chest pain allows referrals to secondary care to be made as soon as possible and enables more rapid access to treatments that can potentially alleviate symptoms and prolong life.

This Guidelines summary covers how to inform patients of possible causes of chest pain; and assessment, testing, and referral procedures for acute and stable chest pain.

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