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From the Heart
October 2, 2019

A Window Into the Soul

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Cardiology, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York
JAMA Cardiol. Published online October 2, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2019.3673

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” –Helen Keller

It began as a typical Saturday 24-hour call. As the cardiology fellow on call, I fielded requests for general cardiology consultations, electrophysiology consultations, renewal of telemetry, evaluation of patients in the cardiac care units, and urgent echocardiograms with multiple pagers resting on my waist. At hour 18, I sat down at one of the computers to catch up on some consultation notes. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw one of the senior medicine resident physicians walking purposefully towards me. I waited for the impending question about an electrocardiogram interpretation or assistance with a patient having acute chest pain. “Can you help me look at an echo?” she asked.