Pediatric Chest Pain


The chief complaint of pediatric chest pain is one of the leading causes of office visits in the pediatric primary care setting.  Although cardiac etiologies are rare, it is also one of the chief complaints that advanced practice nurses fear the most. This session will review the differential diagnosis of chest pain in children and discuss necessary details to illicit on review of history, the physical exam of the child, when to order diagnostic testing and how to interpret the results, and "red flags" based on the above that would prompt a referral to a specialist.


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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the differential  diagnosis of pediatric chest pain in the primary care setting
  2. Recite the required components of history, physical exam and review of systems to decipher the cause of pediatric chest pain, and not dismiss cardiac etiology when present
  3. Recognize when referral is necessary when evaluating the patient with chest pain
Course summary
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  • 1.00 Contact hours
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Amy Delaney, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-The Cardiovascular Program, The Heart Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Patricia Lawrence, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, Clinical Program Manager for the Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Faculty Disclosure

Amy Delaney and Patricia Lawrence do not have any disclosures to report.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Contact hours


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