The Broken Heart Syndrome
A woman’s extreme abdominal pain points to gallstones. But why is her heart rate going through the roof?
Beep. Beep. Beep.
My pager sounds so much louder at night. The day’s commotion of physician rounds, family visits and discharges disappears into the quiet stillness of the night shift. The pager’s alarm-clock insistence, grating at the best of times, now bursts upon my eardrums like the siren of a squad car.
“Patient having 10/10 abdominal pain,” the message reads. “Can you come up and see her?”
Like fatigue or shortness of breath, abdominal pain is one of th...
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