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Cardiology Management

Germany's Chest Pain Unit Network - A Success Story

2017 15 May

The creation of a chest pain unit (CPU) network in Germany has improved the quality of diagnosis and treatment of patients with chest pain in the country, resulting in a better prognosis for patients with acute coronary syndrome compared with patients in the emergency department (ED), according to an article published by Journal of the American College... Read more

Cardiology Management

Chest Pain: New Tool Helps Doctors Decide When Tests are Needed

2017 21 Feb

Using data from the PROMISE trial involving more than 10,000 people with stable chest pain, researchers have developed a web-based tool that can accurately predict which patients are likely to have normal non-invasive tests and remain free of cardiac events. Their work is reported in JAMA Cardiology. The tool can be found at http://www.promiserisktools.comIn... Read more

Cardiology Management

Recognising the 'Subtle Symptoms' Before a Heart Attack

2017 14 Feb

Chest pain may be the most common symptom of a heart attack but there are other, subtle symptoms that can occur hours, days, even weeks before a heart attack, according to a Stony Brook expert.See Also: Insomnia and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Pamela Kostic, RN, CCCC, Stony Brook Heart Institute Certified Cardiovascular Care Coordinator, explains... Read more

IMAGING Management

Imaging for Chest Pain - New Recommendations

2016 25 Jan

The American College of Cardiology and American College of Radiology have released new recommendations for diagnosing chest pain in the emergency department. The document outlines appropriate use of diagnostic imaging in 20 fundamental clinical scenarios for emergency imaging for chest pain.The clinical scenarios are broken down into leading critical... Read more

Cardiology Management

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Not Exactly Sudden

2015 22 Dec

A new article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine says that sudden cardiac arrest may not be entirely unexpected. There may be warning signs days and even weeks leading to the event but in many cases, these symptoms are ignored. Sudden cardiac arrest is a major health issue since over 550,000 patients in the U.S. have an out-of-hospital and... Read more

IMAGING Management

Study: CT Can Change ER Physicians' Diagnoses

2015 14 Oct

In emergency department settings, CT scan results can substantially change physicians' diagnoses, diagnostic confidence, and admission decisions, according to a new study from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute for Technology Assessment. The finding, reported in the journal Radiology, adds important information to health policy debates... Read more

Cardiology Management

Heart Attack Test Cuts Hospital Admission

2015 12 Oct

According to findings of trials on 6304 people, it was found that a blood test could halve the number of people admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack. The findings are published in the Lancet. The rapid test evaluates chemical in the blood and could help reduce stress for patients as well as money and it could also ease pressure on hospital... Read more

Cardiology Management

Routine Inpatient Admission Not Beneficial for Patients with Chest Pain

2015 19 May

According to an article published in JAMA Internal Medicine, routine inpatient admission may not be a beneficial strategy for patients with chest pain. Patients with negative findings and nonconcerning vital signs rarely had adverse cardiac events. Patients with potentially ischaemic chest pain are commonly admitted to the hospital or are kept under... Read more

ICU Management

Improved Survival Rates in Aortic Dissection

2014 07 Nov

Hospitalisation rates for aortic dissection (AD) have remained stable, although survival rates have improved particularly in patients undergoing surgical repair, according to a new study reported in the November 2014 issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.Researchers examined US inpatient Medicare data from 2000 to 2011 to determine... Read more