Lehigh Valley Physicians Group, LVHN ExpressCARE–Fogelsville
A patient was being seen for unspecified chest pain. Medical assistant Alyssa Parker was performing an EKG on this patient and took the tracing to the provider as per the standard procedure. She informed the provider that while the printed tracing appeared “normal” she noted that the tracing was quite different while the patient was speaking or moving and was concerned this represented a subtle abnormality. Due to her communicating this observation, the provider elected to perform a second EKG and monitor it while it was running. The provider confirmed there were, indeed, EKG changes and directed the patient to the emergency room. While in the ER, the patient was diagnosed with an acute myocardial infarction (i.e., heart attack) and required cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, and stent placement for treatment. The provider was adamant that Alyssa’s actions likely saved this patient’s life.