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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.

    Patient fact sheet

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    Clinical Guidance Team
    Safer Care Victoria

    Version history

    First published: September 2021
    Due for review: September 2024

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