Doctors: Your Advice Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

April 24, 2015 6:32 PM

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Last year on Mother's Day, I contacted one of your colleagues by leaving a message with an answering service that I had bad heartburn. I received a response about 10 minutes after I placed the call. I described my heartburn telling the doctor on-call that I hadn't eaten anything to have caused it and I remembered having some shortness of breath the night before. The doctor then gave his opinion.

He said, "It could be esophageal, but I can't rule out a heart attack. Take an antacid and if it doesn't get better, go to the emergency room."

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