Saturday Quiz

Designed to Amaze and Enlighten

 

Yes or No?

In the course of a routine exam your patient undergoes an EKG where you discover evidence of a past MI.  He remembers some chest pain a month ago that went away—he put it down to heartburn.

Can you diagnose him with an acute MI?

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Answer:  Yes

Acute MI can be diagnosed up to 8 weeks after the event. All you need is a reasonable history and some objective evidence to support the diagnosis.

Usually, this diagnosis is made in the ER, but a surprising number actually can be made in the office under circumstances similar to this.

Don’t miss it.