Was That a Heart Attack?
Sometimes symptoms are so subtle that patients get sent home untreated. Help your doctors get to the root cause with proper communication.
Up to four percent of patients who arrive in the emergency room with heart attack symptoms are mistakenly sent home with an undiagnosed acute heart attack, according to an article published in a recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. The article demonstrates how blood tests interpreted as "normal" and inconclusive readings from an electrocardiogram (EKG) can lead to failure to diagnose a heart attack.