Cardiology documented the following in a patient progress note on the second hospital day: “Troponins +, highest 6.4, needs cath STAT. + chest pain.” The chart has no further clarification, so what would be the principal diagnosis on discharge?


The prinicipal diagnosis would be “chest pain.” And you would need to send a query such as the following to the physician: “Acute myocardial infarction as cause of chest pain. Read cath lab note to further specify TYPE of MI if possible.”

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