Under Pressure

A middle-aged man has common complaints of chest and stomach pain, but the final diagnosis is anything but typical.

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Scott arrived in the emergency room by ambulance around 3 p.m., complaining of chest and abdominal pain. The medics described him as pale and sweaty, and said he may have passed out for a few minutes when the pain began. A seasoned triage nurse’s immediate reaction: “He doesn’t look right.” That’s the last thing an ER physician wants to hear when a patient arrives. Scott was a mostly healthy 48-year-old with untreated high blood pressure. His initial cardiogram show...
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