Chest Pain

What does your chest pain feel like?
What do you mean you can’t describe it?
Is it stabbing? Aching? Burning? Squeezing?
Like an elephant sitting on your chest?
Worse with activity?
Better with rest?
Now I’ve said too much, and you took the bait.
Now we have to bring you in
And thin your blood.
We’ll do some expensive tests,
And ultimately thread a wire from your groin to your heart
And we’ll probably leave some hardware in one of your arteries.
You may even need open heart surgery.
Is that what you want?
So let me ask you again.
What does your chest pain feel like?

An internal medicine resident at the University of Utah and will be joining their hospitalist group in the summer of 2017. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two children.