Chest Pain

What Causes Chest Pain?

Chest pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'generally fatal'.  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 seven possibilities:
  • Myocarditis
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
  • Anxiety
  • Angina
  • Costochronditis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • 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:
having excess body fat
excessive thirst
difficulty swallowing
occasional confusion/disorientation
having myocarditis
numb/burning/tingling extremities
partial aspartame/neotame avoidance
regular sleep paralysis
itchy skin
chronic vomiting
having a learning disability
severe muscle weakness
... and more than 60 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
Pulmonary Fibrosis 96% Confirm
Anxiety 12% Unlikely
Costochronditis 12% Unlikely
Fluorosis 2% Ruled out
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 2% Ruled out
Myocarditis 2% Ruled out
Angina 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:
Anxiety

Around 60% of people referred to cardiologists with chest pain do not have a heart problem but are simply suffering from anxiety.

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