Chest pain is soreness or pain that is felt along the front of the body between the neck and belly.


There are many causes of chest pain. The heart is rarely the cause in children. In children, chest pain is most often muscle or bone. It comes from the chest wall muscle, bone, or cartilage. Other causes of chest pain include: 

  • Asthma

  • Pneumonia

  • Heartburn

  • Gastroesophageal (acid) reflux (GERD)

  • Anxiety

Tests and Treatment

Testing depends on the symptoms. The tests may include an EKG (electrocardiogram), chest x-ray, or ECG (echocardiogram). 

Treatment depends on the cause of the pain. Treatment may include medicine for muscle pain and antacids for acid reflux.

Who to Call

Pediatric Cardiology 

(608) 263-6420

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

(608) 890-5700