| May 11, 2005
Some common-sense advice when you go to the ER with chest pain
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Some of this advice is interesting: “Make sure your doctor has actually read the ECG.” I wonder how a “harried” ER physician will respond when the patient says, “Doctor, did you read the ECG yourself or just look at the computer analysis?” My favorite advice: “Ron Walls, chairman of emergency medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, recommends that patients carry in their wallets a copy of a previous ECG.” Maybe they can carry a month-old urine sample too.
I agree with GG — drs don’t take kindly to quizzing, and when your life is hanging in the balance, pissing off your dr ain’t high on your list of things to do. Have you ever tried getting copies of your medical tests? Talk about being made to feel like a burden on the system.
I have read of getting a miniversion of an ECG and getting it laminated wallet size, but who’s gonna shrink it for you, or even make a photocopy of all that curly paper? The office staff? Doubt it.
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