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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638298/uncertainty-of-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-chest-pain-risk-stratification
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Htoo Kyaw, Sivacharan Buddhavarapu, Joseph Abboud, Deepika Misra
BACKGROUND: Chest pain is a common presenting symptom in the emergency department (ED). Although the diagnostic workup for chest pain is well established, the best time to perform invasive cardiac catheterization in patients with low to moderate risk of coronary artery disease is still unclear, particularly if noninvasive tests such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) and nuclear myocardial perfusion scan show nonsignificant findings. CASE REPORT: We present the case of a 52-year-old female who presented to the ED with acute-onset chest pain that had started early in the morning while she was sleeping...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637780/sex-based-differences-in-the-performance-of-the-heart-score-in-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-acute-chest-pain
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Ingrid E M Bank, Vince C de Hoog, Dominique P V de Kleijn, Gerard Pasterkamp, Pieter A Doevendans, Hester M den Ruijter, Geertje Dalmeijer, Thierry X Wildbergh, Arend Mosterd, Leo Timmers
BACKGROUND: Sex-based differences in clinical presentation, pathophysiology, and outcomes of patients with acute chest pain are increasingly being recognized, but are not implemented in guidelines and clinical prediction tools. We evaluated the performance of the HEART score in women versus men, because sex-based differences may exist among the algorithm's components: history, electrocardiogram, age, risk factors, and admission troponin level. METHODS AND RESULTS: The HEART score was retrospectively assessed in 831 women and 1084 men presenting to the emergency department with acute chest pain, assigning patients to the low-, intermediate-, or high-risk category for the occurrence of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) within 6 weeks...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634529/duodenal-diverticulum-incidental-finding-with-potentially-dangerous-outcomes
#3
Stephen Melnick, Shoaib Fareedy, David Gish, Salik Nazir
We present the case of an 83-year-old woman with a past medical history significant for schizoaffective disorder, presenting to our emergency department with the complaint of 'pain'. Given the non-specific complaint and the limited history obtained, CT imaging was performed on her chest and abdomen which incidentally found a large duodenal diverticulum. This manuscript discusses the incidence of duodenal diverticula and the potential associated complications.
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628525/assessing-sensitivity-and-specificity-of-the-manchester-triage-system-in-the-evaluation-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-adult-patients-in-emergency-care-a-systematic-review
#4
Fernanda Ayache Nishi, Flávia de Oliveira Motta Maia, Itamar de Souza Santos, Dina de Almeida Lopes Monteiro da Cruz
BACKGROUND: Triage is the first assessment and sorting process used to prioritize patients arriving in the emergency department (ED). As a triage tool, the Manchester Triage System (MTS) must have a high sensitivity to minimize the occurrence of under-triage, but must not compromise specificity to avoid the occurrence of overtriage. Sensitivity and specificity of the MTS can be calculated using the frequency of appropriately assigned clinical priority levels for patients presenting to the ED...
June 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616378/primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-presenting-with-spontaneous-pneumothorax-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Jia Hou, Yanan Zhang, Ri Gong, Xiwei Zheng, Xia Yang
BACKGROUND: Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is an autosomal recessive heterogeneous group of conditions with variable clinical findings. CASE PRESENTATION: A 36-year-old nonsmoking Chinese man present to the emergency department of our hospital with acute-onset breathlessness and sudden-onset left-sided chest pain. The patient had 6 years primary infertility and suffered from recurrent episodes of respiratory tract infections since childhood. Chest X-ray was performed, which showed a left-sided pneumothorax with lung collapse...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611898/utility-of-the-history-and-physical-examination-in-the-detection-of-acute-coronary-syndromes-in-emergency-department-patients
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REVIEW
Zachary Dw Dezman, Amal Mattu, Richard Body
Chest pain accounts for approximately 6% of all emergency department (ED) visits and is the most common reason for emergency hospital admission. One of the most serious diagnoses emergency physicians must consider is acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This is both common and serious, as ischemic heart disease remains the single biggest cause of death in the western world. The history and physical examination are cornerstones of our diagnostic approach in this patient group. Their importance is emphasized in guidelines, but there is little evidence to support their supposed association...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611879/pitfalls-in-electrocardiographic-diagnosis-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-low-risk-chest-pain
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REVIEW
Semhar Z Tewelde, Amal Mattu, William J Brady
Less than half of patients with a chest pain history indicative of acute coronary syndrome have a diagnostic electrocardiogram (ECG) on initial presentation to the emergency department. The physician must dissect the ECG for elusive, but perilous, characteristics that are often missed by machine analysis. ST depression is interpreted and often suggestive of ischemia; however, when exclusive to leads V1-V3 with concomitant tall R waves and upright T waves, a posterior infarction should first and foremost be suspected...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611878/physician-variability-in-management-of-emergency-department-patients-with-chest-pain
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Peter B Smulowitz, Orit Barrett, Matthew M Hall, Shamai A Grossman, Edward A Ullman, Victor Novack
INTRODUCTION: Chest pain is a common emergency department (ED) presentation accounting for 8-10 million visits per year in the United States. Physician-level factors such as risk tolerance are predictive of admission rates. The recent advent of accelerated diagnostic pathways and ED observation units may have an impact in reducing variation in admission rates on the individual physician level. METHODS: We conducted a single-institution retrospective observational study of ED patients with a diagnosis of chest pain as determined by diagnostic code from our hospital administrative database...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609191/understanding-frequent-emergency-department-use-among-primary-care-patients
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Morgan Hardy, Alex Cho, Alissa Stavig, Marigny Bratcher, Janice Dillard, Lawrence Greenblatt, Kevin Schulman
Patients with high emergency department (ED) utilization are an important focus in population health management. This retrospective cohort study analyzed patterns of frequent ED use for 4087 patients enrolled at an academically-affiliated primary care clinic. For all ED visits (n = 4776), the chief complaints, admission rates, number of complaints per patient, and median time between return visits were assessed. Chart reviews were conducted for the 10 highest utilizers from each of the 3 leading complaints to help explain repeated ED use for the same complaints...
June 13, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608494/comparing-the-no-objective-testing-rule-to-the-heart-pathway
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Jaimi Greenslade, Louise Cullen
We read with great interest the article by Stopyra and colleagues(1) comparing the no objective testing (NOT) rule and the HEART pathway using a cohort of 141 patients. The two rules, developed to risk stratify patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with acute chest pain, were 100% sensitive for identifying major adverse cardiac events (MACE) at 30 days. The HEART pathway identified a more sizeable portion of low-risk patients who could be discharged without additional cardiac testing. This article is protected by copyright...
June 13, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602457/acute-idiopathic-gastric-distension-causing-atrioventricular-block-and-cardiogenic-shock
#11
Ryan Stringer, Megan Schrader
BACKGROUND: We report a rare case of acute idiopathic gastric dilatation with associated severe bradycardia and shock. CASE REPORT: A 69-year-old woman presented to the emergency department (ED) with complaint of chest pain and dyspnea. The patient required transvenous cardiac pacing for profound bradycardia and cardiogenic shock. After a negative emergent cardiac catheterization, a flat plate abdominal x-ray study demonstrated massive gastric dilatation, prompting nasogastric tube placement, with subsequent rapid improvement of the patient's cardiovascular and metabolic instability...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601817/the-organisational-value-of-diagnostic-strategies-using-high-sensitivity-troponin-for-patients-with-possible-acute-coronary-syndromes-a-trial-based-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Paul Jülicher, Jaimi H Greenslade, William A Parsonage, Louise Cullen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate hospital-specific health economic implications of different protocols using high-sensitivity troponin I for the assessment of patients with chest pain. DESIGN: A cost prediction model and an economic microsimulation were developed using a cohort from a single centre recruited as part of the (ADAPT) trial, a prospective observational trial conducted from 2008 to 2011. The model was populated with 40 000 bootstrapped samples in five high-sensitivity troponin I-enabled algorithms versus standard care...
June 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600021/st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-in-patients-hospitalized-for-non-cardiac-conditions
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Justin Tiulim, Kevin Mak, David M Shavelle
BACKGROUND: Timely use of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the standard of care for patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Most patients with STEMI present via emergency medical services or self-transport to the emergency department (ED) and relatively little is known about the minority of patients that develop STEMI while hospitalized for non-cardiac conditions. The objective of this study was to analyze treatment times and clinical outcome for in-hospital STEMI patients...
May 31, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598044/a-study-of-prehospital-delay-patterns-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-an-urban-tertiary-care-institute-in-mumbai
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Ashar Khan, Milind Phadke, Yash Y Lokhandwala, Pratap J Nathani
OBJECTIVE: There is now increasing awareness about the need for early diagnosis in patients presenting with chest pain. Pre-hospital delay remains a major hurdle in the institution of early reperfusion therapy, which is crucial in salvaging 'at-risk' myocardium and reducing adverse cardiovascular events following ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This study aims to determine the incidence and the determinants of delayed presentation STEMI and the potential impact of such delay on adverse cardiovascular outcomes...
May 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584814/predictors-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support-for-children-with-acute-myocarditis
#15
Han-Ping Wu, Mao-Jen Lin, Wen-Chieh Yang, Kang-Hsi Wu, Chun-Yu Chen
The clinical presentation of acute myocarditis in children may range from asymptomatic to sudden cardiac arrest. This study analyzed the clinical spectrum of acute myocarditis in children to identify factors that could aid primary care physicians to predict the need for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) earlier and consult the pediatric cardiologist promptly. Between October 2011 and September 2016, we retrospectively analyzed 60 patients aged 18 years or younger who were admitted to our pediatric emergency department with a definite diagnosis of acute myocarditis...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545851/sex-specific-risk-of-emergency-department-revisits-and-early-readmission-following-myocardial-infarction
#16
Magnus Lundbäck, Danijela Gasevic, Eric Rullman, Toralph Ruge, Axel C Carlsson, Martin J Holzmann
BACKGROUND: Readmissions within 30days after hospitalization have been introduced as a measure of quality of care. There is a paucity of data regarding sex-specific risk of early readmissions after myocardial infarction (MI). OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between sex and revisits to the emergency department (ED), and readmissions after MI. METHODS: All patients with chest pain, diagnosed with MI at the Karolinska University Hospital during 2011 and 2012 were included...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545635/outcomes-in-patients-with-chest-pain-discharged-after%C3%A2-evaluation-using-a-high-sensitivity-troponin-t-assay
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Atosa Nejatian, Åsa Omstedt, Jonas Höijer, L O Hansson, Therese Djärv, Kai M Eggers, Per Svensson
BACKGROUND: Most patients with chest pain are discharged from the emergency department (ED) with the diagnosis "unspecified chest pain." It is unknown if evaluation with a high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) assay affects prognosis in this large population. OBJECTIVES: The aim was to investigate whether the introduction of an hsTnT assay is associated with reduced incidence of major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) and cardiovascular (CV) risk profile in patients with chest pain discharged from the ED...
May 30, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544100/undetectable-concentrations-of-an-fda-approved-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t-assay-to-rule-out-acute-myocardial-infarction-at-emergency-department-arrival
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Andrew D McRae, Grant Innes, Michelle Graham, Eddy Lang, James E Andruchow, Yunqi Ji, Shabnam Vatanpour, Tasnima Abedin, Hong Yang, Danielle A Southern, Dongmei Wang, Isolde Seiden-Long, Lawrence DeKoning, Peter Kavsak
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to quantify the sensitivity of very low concentrations of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hsTnT) at ED arrival for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in a large cohort of chest pain patients evaluated in real-world clinical practice. METHODS: This retrospective study included consecutive ED patients with suspected cardiac chest pain evaluated in four urban EDs were, excluding those with ST-elevation AMI, cardiac arrest or abnormal kidney function...
May 19, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534694/the-heart-score-for-early-rule-out-of-acute-coronary-syndromes-in-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
Patricia Van Den Berg, Richard Body
AIMS: The objective of this systematic review was to summarise the current evidence on the diagnostic accuracy of the HEART score for predicting major adverse cardiac events in patients presenting with undifferentiated chest pain to the emergency department. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two investigators independently searched Medline, Embase and Cochrane databases between 2008 and May 2016 identifying eligible studies providing diagnostic accuracy data on the HEART score for predicting major adverse cardiac events as the primary outcome...
May 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533990/anomalous-origin-of-right-coronary-artery-originating-from-the-pulmonary-trunk-arcapa-an-incidental-finding-in-a-patient-presenting-with-chest-pain
#20
Pragathi Balakrishna, Michael Illovsky, Youssef M Al-Saghir, Abdul M Minhas
Anomalous origin of the right coronary artery originating from the pulmonary trunk (ARCAPA) is a rare congenital coronary anomaly with an estimated prevalence of 0.002%. Most patients are asymptomatic and the anomaly is detected incidentally during evaluation for other problems. Occasionally, ARCAPA may lead to myocardial ischemia and/or sudden cardiac arrest. We present a case of a 55-year-old female with a history of hypertension who presented to the emergency department with intermittent chest discomfort for three days...
April 17, 2017: Curēus
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