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Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack Results in Horrible Consequences For Young Man

He was only 32 years old. He complainted of massive chest pain and was taken to a local emergency room. While in the emergency room, the doctors did the correct work-up. They gave him all the correct cardiac tests. They did an EKG. They did the appropriate blood work. They took x-rays.

Then they told him to follow-up with a cardiologist. He did that. He followed up every month.

There's only one problem.

He kept having ongoing chest pain. His cardiologist didn't think much of it. His cardiologist never bothered to read the emergency room records. That proved to be devastating.

Three months after he had been in the emergency room, he suffered a major heart attack that killed off 70% of his heart.

It turns out that the original EKG done in the emergency room was not interpreted correctly. In fact, that tests showed  cardiac problems that should have warranted additional cardiac testing. Had that been done, it would've shown that three of his coronary artieries to his heart were almost 100% clogged.

Had that been done, it would've prompted an immediate elective coronary artery bypass surgery. Had that been done, this man never would've suffered his massive heart attack.