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Pulmonary embolism presenting as non-ST elevation myocardial infarction: a case report

Amir Ahmad1*, Eduardas Subkovas1 and Jean Ryan2

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1 Department of Cardiology, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan Street, Rhyl, North Wales, LL18 5UJ, UK

2 Library, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan Street, Rhyl, North Wales, LL18 5UJ, UK

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Cases Journal 2009, 2:6328  doi:10.4076/1757-1626-2-6328

Published: 11 August 2009

Abstract

We describe a case which highlights the difficulties in diagnosing pulmonary embolism as it can mimic other conditions. In a patient with chest pain with raised troponin, a diagnosis of pulmonary embolism should also be considered as well if the clinical picture does not fit with myocardial infarction. Otherwise, the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism can be easily missed and patients may not receive appropriate treatment resulting in increased mortality.