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Chest Pain (6854)

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Chest Pain

Chest pain is discomfort or pain that is felt
along the front of the body between the neck
and abdomen.


There are many causes of chest pain. The
heart is rarely the cause of chest pain in
children. In children, chest pain is most
often musculoskeletal. It comes from the
chest wall muscle, bone, or cartilage. Other
causes of chest pain in include
▪ Asthma
▪ Pneumonia
▪ Heartburn
▪ Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
▪ Anxiety

Testing and Treatment

Testing depends on the symptoms. The tests
may include an EKG (electrocardiogram),
x-ray, or echocardiogram.

Treatment depends on the cause of the chest
pain. Treatment includes ibuprofen for
musculoskeletal pain and antacids for
gastroesophageal reflux.

Who do I call with questions?

The doctor or nurse or our clinic staff can
answer any questions.
Pediatric Cardiology (608) 263-6420
Adult Congenital Heart Disease
(608) 890-5700

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