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Kudos to the Bergan Mercy Chest Pain Center

December 30, 2009
CHI Health


Kudos to the Bergan Mercy Chest Pain Center

My brother went to a non-CHI Health emergency room on Monday with chest pain and was coughing up blood. He was evaluated with a chest X-ray and EKG and was sent home with a diagnosis of pleurisy and bronchitis and was given treatment for these conditions. That night he woke with severe pains in his chest.  Thinking he had already been to have this evaluated and that the treatment just hadn’t kicked in yet, he waited until morning and then called his primary physician.  His physician instructed him to go back to the Emergency Room, but specifically to go to Bergan Mercy Medical Center this time so he could be evaluated in the chest pain center. My brother took his time, took a shower, took the medicine they had given him in the ER the day before, and then drove himself to Bergan.  He was evaluated by the ER physician and had several tests including a spiral CT scan of his chest to rule out a pulmonary embolism.  They found blood clots in the bottom of both of his lungs.  He was seen very promptly by a specialist in pulmonary medicine and the appropriate treatment was prescribed.  I would like to give kudos to the team in the Bergan ER for catching this potentially life-threatening condition.

– Lisa

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