Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Chest Pain Anatomy

To better understand chest pain, it helps to understand the anatomy of the chest.

Chest Anatomy

  • Muscles
  • Ribs, spine and sternum
  • Heart
  • Pericardium: the lining that surrounds heart
  • Large vessels that attach to the heart
  • Lungs
  • Esophagus
  • Pleura: the lining that covers the inside surface of the chest and the outside surface of the lungs

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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