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Noncardiac Chest Pain, Ambulatory Care

Noncardiac chest pain

is pain or discomfort in your chest that is not caused by a heart problem. It may be caused by any of the following:

  • Acid reflux
  • Nerve or muscle problems within the esophagus that slow the movement of food
  • Increased sensitivity to pain within your esophagus
  • Panic attacks, anxiety, or depression
  • Chest wall, muscle, or rib pain

Seek immediate care for

severe chest pain

Treatment

may include medicines to decrease acid reflux or pain, or to relax muscles. Your healthcare provider may suggest cognitive therapy. Cognitive therapy can help you change how you react to events that trigger your chest pain, such as anxiety.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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