Definitions for "Chest pain"
chest pain (medical term, angina pectoris): a symptom of a condition called myocardia ischemia, in which the heart muscle is not receiving enough blood for a given level of activity, resulting in pain in the chest area.
Can be caused by coronary heart disease.
There are many causes of chest pain, principally angina (which results from inadequate oxygen supply to the heart muscle, also caused by coronary artery disease or spasm of the coronary arteries) and heart attack (coronary occlusion). A diagnosis of chest pain upon discharge from the hospital can indicate that the underlying cause of the pain was not discovered during the hospital stay.