Chest Pain in the Athlete: Differential Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment



Chest pain remains one of the most concerning complaints among athletes and active individuals. Fortunately, the vast majority of chest pain in this group is benign, noncardiac, and rarely associated with catastrophic manifestations such as sudden death [1]. [2] A thorough assessment requires a full understanding of the differential of chest pain, a detailed history designed to elicit the nuances of each general category of chest pain, a directed physical examination, and prudent choices of ancillary testing as clinically warranted.


Chest Pain Aortic Dissection Blunt Chest Trauma External Oblique Muscle Noncardiac Chest Pain 
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  1. 1.Clinical Internal Medicine and Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of Virginia Sports Medicine, University of Virginia Health SystemCharlottesvilleUSA

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