Getting defensive: Upper abdominal or lower chest pain diagnostic dilemma

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Getting defensive: Upper abdominal or lower chest pain diagnostic dilemma

Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis

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Consultant cardiologist Chris Ellis takes a slightly different approach to his regular column by highlighting the problem of “defensive medicine” in today’s under-resourced healthcare environment

Key points, It is common for patients to present with upper abdominal/lower chest pains, and their symptoms are notoriously difficult for clinicians to accurately, Pract Green w Pale Yellow
References

Health and Disability Commissioner. 19HDC01874: GP failed to properly assess a man who was days away from a heart attack. hdc.org.nz