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The symptoms were classic: pressure and heaviness in the chest and difficulty breathing.
In normal times, such feelings often would lead to a prompt trip to the emergency room. But in the middle of a pandemic, Albuquerque doctors have seen patients with those symptoms wait 12 to 24 hours in some cases to go to the emergency room, said Dr. Mark Sheldon, interim chief of the Division of Cardiology at the University of New Mexico Hospital.
“And unfortunately, many times the ship has already sailed, so to speak, on their heart,” he said. “Most of the damage is done in the first couple of hours.”
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