I checked into the emergency room years ago, thinking that I had some heart condition. Fortunately it turned out to be a simple case of heartburn, but before they rushed me to the doctor, I was attended to by the cardiovascular technologist.
She checked my pulse, blood pressure and did some stuff with the ultrasound too if I recall correctly. Then they put me on the gurney, but I overheard her speaking to another technician that she didn’t think my condition was serious – a “false alarm” was the term I heard her use.
Anyway, I don’t know if it was because of that initial assessment, but apparently I got bumped down in the list of priorities.
It was hours before the doctor eventually saw me; I wasn’t dead, so they must have thought my condition wasn’t that serious. Triage was filled with other people too, some who were clearly in the throes of something more serious.