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Revista Médica Electrónica

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MONTERO-JIMENO, Alberto de Jesús et al. Characterization of acute chest pain in patients of the Teaching Clinic-Surgical Hospital Comandante Faustino Perez Hernandez. Matanzas. Rev.Med.Electrón. [online]. 2021, vol.43, n.6, pp. 1569-1584.  Epub 31-Dic-2021. ISSN 1684-1824.



acute chest pain is a painful sensation perceptible between the diaphragm and the base of the neck. It is one of the most frequent causes of medical consultation in Cuba. It shows a similar behavior in the province of Matanzas.


to characterize the clinical profile of the patients with acute thoracic pain in the Emergency Intensive Care Unit of the Teaching Clinic-Surgical Hospital Comandante Faustino Perez Hernandez, of Matanzas.

Materials and methods:

a descriptive, cross-sectional study was carried out with the clinical records of 418 patients who attended the Emergency Intensive Care Unit referring acute thoracic pain, from January to December 2019.


the most affected age range was the one from 50 to 59 years, for 30.38 %. Male sex predominated, with 30.08 %. Intense physical exercise raised the risk of thoracic pain. The first causes of acute thoracic pain were, in order of frequency, sternocostal osteochondritis, shoulder bursitis, and acute coronary syndrome.


It was evidenced that in most of the cases the source of the pain was non-cardiovascular causes, more affecting the male sex. There was significant statistic association between intense physical activity and acute thoracic pain. 71.53 % of the patients was discharged from the unit alive. It is recommended to prioritize the attention of patients referring acute thoracic pain, for their correct classification and care in the shortest possible time.

Palabras clave : acute thoracic pain; osteochondritis; acute coronary syndrome.

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