Every case of chest pain with one or more red flag signs or symptoms (refer to Chest Pain Diagnosis) is treated as a medical emergency. In most settings, an x-ray and ECG (electrocardiogram) are the two investigative techniques that can be conducted with immediate test results being made available.
Other tests may require periods of time for processing which is not feasible in a medical emergency. Nevertheless, if the facilities are available, the emergency room doctor may consider one or more of these chest pain tests while continuing with the appropriate treatment.
Chest pain tests are helpful in confirming a diagnosis but a skilled physician can often make a diagnosis based on clinical findings, a patient’s medical history and accurate case taking. Due to the serious nature of chest pain, many tests are conducted routinely even if serious medical disorders are not suspected by the attending doctor.
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