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A person experiencing chest pain could be having a heart attack. But to be sure, emergency crews in Muscatine are now taking blood tests when called to a scene.

The department is the first in the state to start using "Cardiac Status" blood tests. The test can take up to 15 minutes or return results in as quickly as one minute.    

Crews say the blood test is more definitive -- meaning emergency room doctors have a better idea of a patient's status as an ambulance arrives at the hospital.

Meanwhile, ems crews are still performing the same patient care they typically would -- providing an EKG, a heart monitor and oxygen.

"We're actually multi-tasking," said Muscatine firefighter and paramedic, Aaron Meredith. "So, while this test is working, we're able to treat the patient accordingly. Drugs, heart monitor, oxygen. And transporting to the appropriate facility."

Each "Cardiac Status" test is $40 but the department received a $10,000 grant in order to pay for them.