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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

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Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on chest pain.

This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Chest pain is any pain that is felt in the chest. Chest pain may come from many parts of the chest including:

  • the heart
  • the lungs
  • the oesophagus (food pipe)
  • muscles
  • bones – including your ribs and sternum (breastbone)
  • the abdomen (stomach) – the pain is felt as being in the chest due to a complex network of nerves and skin.

All chest pain is considered to be heart-related until proven otherwise.

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Centre of Clinical Excellence - Acute
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 15 Jan 2021

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