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A 30-year-old male asked:

my troponin i level was <0.03 and ekg, x ray came back good. still a bit dizzy? am i clear of heart issues?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Heart issues?: The rhythm strip, history and physical exam must also be healthy before you are "clear of heart issues". Labs and imaging are only adjuncts. Look for some other cause of your symptoms. And consider getting even more intensively into physical exercise and fitness than you are already after this scare, and be grateful.

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