Chest-pain follow-up linked to better survival, heart health

Jun 24 2014, 12:09 IST
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Chest Pain is one of the main symptoms of a heart attack. Chest Pain is one of the main symptoms of a heart attack.
SummaryMedical guidelines state that after discharge, even patients with no apparent heart attack should be sent for a follow-up exam to investigate the chest pain.

emergency room visits, he said, making sure the ER doctor discusses follow-up with the patient is one step that would help.

Khot thinks that patients should avoid the misconception that once they are released, they no longer have to worry. He said a person can still have a medical problem and simply be deemed safe to go home for treatment on an outpatient basis.

“The key thing to understand is that you should take your health seriously and make sure that when your emergency department doctor tells you to follow-up, it is important to do so,” Ko said.

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