“My Chest Hurts”: How to Assess a Worrisome Symptom in Kids

While most chest pain in children isn’t caused by heart trouble, pediatricians keep patients safe when they ask the right questions and include certain steps in the physical exam. This guide from pediatric cardiologist Walter Li, MD, sets out a clear, cost-effective path to diagnosis, with a breakdown of the many causes of chest pain and when (and which) tests are helpful.   

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UCSF Pediatrics

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Walter Li, MD

Walter Li, MD

Pediatric cardiologist and electrophysiologist

Dr. Walter Li is a cardiologist at the UCSF cardiology outreach clinic in Modesto, California. He specializes in treating adults and children with congenital heart disease or arrhythmias as well as patients with pacemakers.

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