Report: Severe Bloating Can Be Mistaken for Heart Attack
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Severe bloating can put pressure on the heart and trigger heart monitor readings that can be mistaken for a heart attack, a new case report shows.
It involved a previously healthy 41-year-old man who was seen by doctors at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, after three weeks of lower extremity swelling, fatigue and shortness of breath.
He was taken to the intensive care unit and later diagnosed with metastatic Hodgkin lymphoma.
While under sedation on a ventilator in the ICU, the man's heart monitor suddenly showed the onset of ST-segment elevations ...