It is fun to be witty / sarcastic with patients in the Emergency Department at times.

A 30 year old ‘Fattu’ male, had come with complaints of chest pain and palpitation around midnight 4 days back. We did a complete work up on him including ECG, Cardiac Enzymes, 2 D Echo which were all normal, a Cardiologist’s consultation was taken and patient was then discharged.

He presented again yesterday. Here is the interaction.

Patient: “Doctor, I’m really worried…I think I’m having a heart attack…I’m feeling Uneasy.”
Me: “We got your entire work up done 3 days back…your heart is fine. Don’t worry”.

Patient: “Doctor, is there a way I can still be sure my heart is normal?”
Me: “If you are still worried about it, you can get a CT Coronary Angio done for yourself. It will tell us about the arteries supplying the heart if they have any blockages.”

Patient: “Doctor, if that CT Angio comes out normal too, is there a way we can still be sure my heart is fine?”
Me: “Then you can go for further investigations, get a Cardiac MRI done.”

Patient: “Doctor, if that Cardiac MRI comes out normal too, can we be still sure my heart is fine?”
Me (Irritated by now) : “Yes, then the only way is to do an Autopsy (Post Mortem) on you to see if your heart WAS fine.”

Total Silence……and his brother gives me a High Five.

But it doesn’t end there…
Patient (Just before going out)– “Doctor, what were the 2 tests you told?”



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An Emergency Physician by profession; writer, musician, entrepreneur, sportsman and a poet by passion, Dr. Mohit Garg is currently working as Sr. Consultant & Head of the Accident & Emergency department at Gleneagles Hospital, Mumbai. Apart from his zeal to write, he is also passionate about academics and is involved in teaching activities to young doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. This website is a source through which he fulfils his talent to write, and also to bring about a social change for society & the medical fraternity.

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