ALBERT J. MILLER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; TEODORO A. TEXIDOR, M.D., F.A.C.P.
In 1955 the authors called attention to a common syndrome of anterior chest pain.1, 2 A description of the typical pain syndrome, then based on a study of 10 patients, is as follows:
The pain is sharp, sudden in onset and severe, and is localized at or near the cardiac apex. It occurs at rest or during mild activity, and is often associated with a "bent over" or "slouched" posture. The immediate reaction to the pain is a suspension of breathing in midrespiration or expiration. Subsequently, breathing usually is confined to shallow chest excursions. This eases the pain; attempts to
MILLER AJ, TEXIDOR TA. THE "PRECORDIAL CATCH," A SYNDROME OF ANTERIOR CHEST PAIN1. Ann Intern Med. ;51:461–467. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-51-3-461
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;51(3):461-467.
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