Acute Chest Discomfort

Acute Chest Discomfort


Anytime a patient hints at “chest pain,” we focus on the heart first, then maybe the lungs. Yet in adults, musculoskeletal causes of chest pain are very common and are often related to activities such as computer work or lifting. New parents are prone to costochondritis from lifting a rapidly growing baby from a crib. Sitting with an ill-situated computer or at any workstation can induce what is called “upper crossed syndrome.”

Be aware of risk factors for cardiovascular disease or pulmonary emboli. When these conditions are ruled out, focus on other syndromes, including upper crossed syndrome, first rib syndrome, and costochondritis.

Oct 19, 2020 | Posted by in MEDICAL ASSISSTANT | Comments Off on Acute Chest Discomfort

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