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From the Heart
May 1, 2019

A Christmas Story

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Arizona, Oro Valley
JAMA Cardiol. 2019;4(6):509-510. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2019.1114

December 21, 1983: it was the week before Christmas. In the university hospital where I was chief of medicine, things begin to slow down around Christmas. As I was about to head home, I got a call from a family physician. He said that a woman had been admitted to our small community hospital and that she was having myocardial infarction (MI). I told him that I would check in on her on my way home.

Susan was age 21 years and had played tennis on the high school team. I knew that she had diabetes, but there was no way that she could have an MI at age 21 years. It was probably pericarditis.

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