• Neurosurgery

    The NeuroSpine Center is a unique specialty clinic with highly trained physicians treating brain, spine and peripheral nerve conditions. A normal, active lifestyle can be regained with modern neurosurgery methods. Read More
  • Women's Services

    Many of our women's health services, including classes, women's imaging, lactation services and the Family Birth Center, are conveniently grouped in the Women's Center, a four-story building located on the SAMC campus. Read More
  • Southeast Cancer Center

    A Commission on Cancer approved program, Southeast Cancer Center provides compassionate care for more than 800 newly diagnosed patients each year and cancer patients with ongoing treatment needs. Read More
  • Pain Management

    The Southeast Pain Management Center is a state-of-the-art clinic staffed by physicians board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. We partner with other physicians with an emphasis on wellness. Read More
  • Behavioral Health Services

    SAMC offers a comprehensive array of mental health services, supported by board certified, highly-qualified, private practice, and staff psychiatrists as well as nurses, social workers, psychologists and other clinical specialists. Read More
  • Heart & Vascular

    SAMC has the strongest cardiac care program in the region, ranked in the top 10 percent nationally in patient safety in heart attack treatment and major cardiac, interventional coronary and vascular care. Read More
  • Orthopedic Services

    Our orthopedic program has a strong reputation of providing specialized orthopedic and rehabilitation services for patients of all ages. We offer a specialized program for older patients who suffer fractures from falls. Read More
  • Wound Care Center

    The Wound Care Center offers state-of-the-art outpatient clinical wound care and hyperbaric medicine. We specialize in advanced wound care using a variety of treatments, therapies and support services. Read More
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News

Dec 05 2012

Chest pain is one of the most frightening symptoms a person can have, and it represents an immediate challenge in diagnosis for a primary care physician. That's because the symptoms may represent a non-life-threatening condition or an imminent catastrophe.

The high-risk nature of chest pain is often emphasized, but non-life-threatening causes are much more common. A study of 399 cases of chest pain in patients seen in several outpatient centers over a one-year period noted the most common causes of chest pain -- approximately 60 percent -- were not due to cardiac, gastrointestinal or pulmonary disease. Musculoskeletal chest pain, which can signal life-threatening disorders such as heart attack, angina, accounted for 36 percent of all diagnoses.

The correct diagnosis is most often reached after examining a patient's detailed history including a description of the pain and a look at associated symptoms and risk factors, in conjunction with specific findings obtained through an electrocardiogram or chest X-ray.