Two Patients, One Disease
An aching chest and belly pain have a common cause.
The patient arrived in the emergency room with tie askew, forehead clammy, fist pressed into his breastbone. He was a 50-year-old Wall Street banker and looked like the picture of a heart attack. Margaret, the EKG technician, quickly got a tracing, while Josie, our head nurse, started an IV.
“When did it start?” I asked him.
“About 35 minutes ago. I was just eating lunch.”
“Where did you first feel pain?”
“Right here.” He indicated the lower half...
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