Misdiagnosis of Heart Attack
A heart attack usually doesn’t stay undiagnosed for long. However, the early stages can be misdiagnosed as being other causes of chest pain, such as acid reflux, GERD, etc. A person with a history of angina may incorrectly attribute chest pain to an angina attack, rather than a heart attack. A panic attack or anxiety attack can have physical symptoms such as chest pressure, shortness of breath, etc., and can sometimes be wrongly diagnosed as a heart attack by the patient, but the distinction is less problematic for a doctor. There are various other causes of chest pain.
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