Patient death ‘likely’ avoided if GP ordered ECG and troponin tests: coroner

The GP diagnosed the patient's ongoing chest pain as costochondritis.

A coroner has criticised a rural GP for not ordering an ECG or troponin tests for a patient who repeatedly presented with chest pain.

It took eight days for the 72-year-old to receive a diagnosis of MI, by which time his survival chances were put at 5%, the coroner heard.