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Acute and Chronic Chest Pain

  • Alan J. Spotnitz

Summary

Several potential life-threatening diseases treated by cardiothoracic surgeons must be rapidly recognized, their pathophysiology understood, and treatment methods recognized. These major entities include coronary artery disease and dissection of and aneurysms of the thoracic aorta. Understanding Laplace’s law of the heart is key to understanding both the pathophysiology and therapy for these diseases and the requirements for surgical intervention.

Keywords

Chest Pain Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Ischemic Heart Disease Aortic Aneurysm Aortic Dissection 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Spotnitz
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  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolNew BrunswickUSA

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