Medicine: Dangerous Delay

The victim feels nauseated; his skin becomes clammy. It is difficult for him to breathe. Intense pain may start in his chest and radiate down into his left arm; his heart may begin to beat irregularly. Most people know that these are some of the classic symptoms of a heart attack. But many of them do not know that there is only one proper course of action if they are suddenly stricken with these symptoms: call the doctor.

That is the gist of a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine by three researchers—Drs. Arthur Simon of Duke University and Manning Feinleib...

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