Evaluation and management of patients with noncardiac chest pain

P. J. Whorwell, C. Shekhar

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    Up to a third of patients undergoing coronary angiography for angina-like chest pain are found to have normal coronary arteries and a substantial proportion of these individuals continue to consult and even attend emergency departments. Initially, these patients are usually seen by cardiologists but with accumulating evidence that the pain might have a gastrointestinal origin, it may be more appropriate for them to be cared for by the gastroenterologist once a cardiological cause has been excluded. This review covers the assessment and management of this challenging condition, which includes a combination of education, reassurance, and pharmacotherapy. For the more refractory cases, behavioral treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or hypnotherapy, may have to be considered. Copyright © 2008 C. Shekhar and P. J. Whorwell.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number708218
    JournalGastroenterology Research and Practice
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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