A Heartbeat Away

How many bottles of nitroglycerin should your cardiac patients have?

I tell my cardiac patients that they need not just 1 prescription of nitroglycerin, but 2 or 3. I suggest they keep one bottle at home, one at work, and one in their purse or gym bag. In addition, I advise patients to tell their racquetball or tennis partner where the nitroglycerin is in case they lose consciousness and need to have it put under their tongue.

- Richard A. Honaker, MD
   Carrollton, Tex