Evaluation and Management of Chest Pain in the Elderly.

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Evaluation and Management of Chest Pain in the Elderly.

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2016 Aug;34(3):523-542

Authors: Gupta R, Munoz R

Geriatric patients are at increased risk for serious morbidity and mortality from life-threatening causes of chest pain. This article covers 5 life-threatening causes of chest pain in the elderly: acute coronary syndrome, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, pneumothorax, and esophageal rupture. Atypical presentations, frailty, and significant comorbidities that characterize the elderly make the diagnosis and treatment of these already complicated conditions even more complicated. The emergency provider must be vigilant and maintain a low threshold to test. When a diagnosis is made, treatment must be aggressive. The elderly benefit from optimal care.

PMID: 27475013 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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