Vital Signs

When is a cardiac patient's abnormality perfectly normal after all?

Wednesday, March 01, 2000
Mrs. lopez, barely 30 and clearly in good physical condition, would not be put off. "The pain starts here," she said, pointing to the left of her breastbone, "where it shoots down my left hand and spreads like fire up my neck. I can't catch my breath. My heart goes boom-boom-boom all the time. It keeps getting worse. I've tried everything." Her EKG was flat-out normal, and I held the tracing up for her to see. "You're perfect," I announced. "And to my...

The full text of this article is available to Discover Magazine subscribers only.

Subscribe and get 10 issues packed with:
  • The latest news, theories and developments in the world of science
  • Compelling stories and breakthroughs in health, medicine and the mind
  • Environmental issues and their relevance to daily life
  • Cutting-edge technology and its impact on our future
Already a subscriber? Register now!
Registration is FREE and takes only a few seconds to complete. If you are already registered on, please log in.

Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

Collapse bottom bar

Log in to your account

Email address:
Remember me
Forgot your password?
No problem. Click here to have it emailed to you.

Not registered yet?

Register now for FREE. It takes only a few seconds to complete. Register now »