Chest Pain

What Causes Chest Pain?

Chest pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'critical'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose chest pain, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "chest pain" as a symptom.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Myocarditis
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
  • Angina
  • Costochronditis
  • Fluorosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
mild abdominal discomfort
hyperactivity
occasional 'chills'
history of migraine headaches
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
recent onset nausea
occasional unexplained nausea
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
non-specific arm pain
specific muscle weakness
weak appetite
bowel movement changes
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of chest pain:
Cause Probability Status
Costochronditis 97% Confirm
Angina 19% Unlikely
Myocarditis 0% Ruled out
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 0% Ruled out
Fluorosis 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having chest discomfort, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you experience chest pain? Do not include pressure or tightness.
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, I can touch the tender area
→ Yes, it is deep in my chest
→ Yes, it radiates to my back, neck, jaw or arm
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate chest wall pain, deep chest pain or radiating chest pain, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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