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Chest Pain Unit

Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Chest Pain

What is a Chest Pain Unit?

The Chest Pain Unit undertakes the diagnosis and treatment in patients with acute chest pain. Standardized diagnostic procedures ensure that it can rapidly be established whether the chest pain is caused by a  heart disease.

Aims of the Chest Pain Unit

Cardiovascular disease accounts for over 300,000 deaths per year and is the main cause of death in Germany. Mortality from acute myocardial infarction (“heart attack”) is around 40 percent. Almost one third of patients with myocardial infarction do not reach the hospital in time; 10 percent die after hospital admission. Rapid clarification of acute chest pain is therefore extremely important.