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Can the doctors at the er detect if you had a heart attack? what kind of test needs to be done?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Most of time, yes: Ekg can often show a heart attack, and takes about 30 seconds to hook up and perform. If that does not have answer, blood tests will look for enzymes released by heart when being injured (like in heart attack), and takes about 45 minutes to get, unless have bedside testing (then about 3 minutes). Often admitted to hospital if cannot be sure (always admitted if having heart attack!).
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Usually yes: Ekg may detect some. Troponins blood test may detect some. Tie and observation may clarify some.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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