Chest pain includes pain, discomfort, tightness, or pressure felt in the
What causes chest pain?
Many people believe chest pain is always a sign of a heart attack. But,
chest pain can be caused by other conditions that don't include problems with
the heart. This is especially true for children.
Most causes aren't serious but may need to be treated by a doctor.
Chest pain can be caused by illness, infection, a heart problem, stress,
activity, or other conditions. Heart problems are uncommon.
See "What other symptoms should I look for?" below.
Who can get chest pain?
Both children and adults can get chest pain.
What other symptoms should I look for? What could they be
a sign of? Many children will have other symptoms with their chest pain. Where the
pain is, how it feels, when it hurts and for how long, and what other symptoms
your child has are important clues to what might be causing the pain. If your
child has any of the following symptoms, call your doctor:
"Virtual Pediatric Hospital", the Virtual Pediatric Hospital logo, and "A digital library of pediatric information" are all Trademarks of Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. and Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Virtual Pediatric Hospital is funded in whole by Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. and Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D. Advertising is not accepted.
Your personal information remains confidential and is not sold, leased, or given to any third party be they reliable or not.
The information contained in Virtual Pediatric Hospital is not a substitute for the medical care and advice of your physician. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.