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February 24, 1999

Diagnosing Myocardial Infarction: Should Patients Carry a Copy of Their ECG?

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(8):705. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-8-jbk0224

To the Editor: While the article by Dr Panju and colleagues1 on diagnosing myocardial infarction (MI) was excellent, patients with cardiac conditions should be reminded to carry a copy of their electrocardiogram (ECG). In our splintered current health care system, this step would save much time and effort and permit appropriate therapy to be instituted more quickly.