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Emergency department chest pain

Christopher A Caulfield, John Stephens, Zarina Sharalaya, Jeffrey P Laux, Carlton Moore, Daniel E Jonas, Edmund A Liles
OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics and outcomes of patients discharged from the emergency department (ED) by hospitalist physicians. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study at a tertiary academic medical center. METHODS: We used consultation Current Procedural Technology codes to identify patients discharged from the ED after referral for hospitalist admission from April 2011 to April 2014. We report patient demographics and primary diagnoses...
March 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Israel Ugalde, Ibrar Anjum, Saberio Lo Presti, Alfonso Tolentino
Acute coronary syndrome usually presents with retrosternal chest pain, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and jaw and arm pain. Some patients only present with neck, epigastric, or ear discomfort. A 47-year-old male with a history of hypertension and coronary artery disease presented to the emergency department complaining of bilateral otalgia. He never felt chest pain, jaw pain, nausea, diaphoresis, or shortness of breath. He had a history of 2 acute coronary events and had a stress test 2 months prior to admission, which was unremarkable...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Hasan Qayyum, Sherif Hemaya, Justin Squires, Zulfiquar Adam
The de Winter ECG pattern is associated with proximal left anterior descending artery occlusion, being a significant risk factor for anterior wall ST elevation myocardial infarction. We present a case of a patient who attended our Emergency Department with chest pain and a prehospital ECG demonstrating transient infero-lateral lead ST segment elevation, which changed to the de Winter ECG pattern in our Emergency Department. She subsequently underwent primary PCI of the culprit lesion within the left anterior descending artery (LAD)...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
Maribel González-Del-Hoyo, Germán Cediel, Anna Carrasquer, Gil Bonet, Luciano Consuegra-Sánchez, Alfredo Bardají
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the prognostic implications of the absence of chest pain in emergency department patients with elevated troponin I levels. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Observational retrospective study of patients for whom troponin I level was analyzed at least once between January 2012 and December 2013. Patient characteristics were recorded and survival was modeled. RESULTS: A total of 3629 patients were distributed in 4 groups according to troponin I level and chest pain as follows: chest pain without troponin I elevation (n = 1379), no chest pain and no troponin I elevation (n = 1196), chest pain with troponin I elevation (n = 517), and troponin I elevation but no chest pain (n = 537)...
2018: Emergencias: revista de la Sociedad Española de Medicina de Emergencias
Basmah Safdar, Gail D'Onofrio, James Dziura, Raymond R Russell, Caitlin Johnson, Albert J Sinusas
AIMS: Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is common in patients with non-obstructive coronary arteries but has not been described in low-risk symptomatic patients. We therefore assessed the prevalence and characteristics of CMD in low to moderate risk patients with chest pain in an emergency department. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used three-dimensional Rb82 cardiac positron emission tomography/computed tomography to diagnose coronary artery disease (known or new regional defect, any coronary calcification) and CMD (low coronary flow reserve without coronary artery disease) in chest pain patients after being ruled out for acute myocardial infarction...
March 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Robert Munashe Maweni, Nicholas Sunderland, Zahra Rahim, Emmanuella Odih, Jins Kallampallil, Thomas Saunders, Srikanth Akunuri
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive urgency is defined as a severely elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) of ≥ 180 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of ≥ 120 mmHg, in the absence of end organ damage. It is known that there are racial differences in prevalence and severity of hypertension but there is a dearth of studies looking at hypertensive urgency in Black populations living in Europe. AIMS: We sought to define the clinical characteristics of Black patients presenting with hypertensive urgency, in order to better define the risks and complications this growing population of patients faces...
March 14, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Paul I Musey, John A Lee, Cassandra A Hall, Jeffrey A Kline
BACKGROUND: Approximately 80% of patients presenting to emergency departments (ED) with chest pain do not have any true cardiopulmonary emergency such as acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, psychological contributors such as anxiety are thought to be present in up to 58%, but often remain undiagnosed leading to chronic chest pain and ED recidivism. METHODS: To evaluate ED provider beliefs and their usual practices regarding the approach and disposition of patients with low risk chest pain associated with anxiety, we constructed a 22-item survey using a modified Delphi technique...
March 14, 2018: BMC Emergency Medicine
Aaron Lear, Merritt Huber, Amy Canada, Jessica Robertson, Evan Bosman, Stephen Zyzanski
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether admission, and provocative stress testing of patients who have ruled out for acute coronary syndrome put patients with low-risk category for coronary artery disease (CAD) at risk for false-positive provocative stress testing and unnecessary coronary angiogram/imaging. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on patients between 30 and 70 years old, with no pre-existing diagnosis of CAD, admitted to observation or inpatient status chest pain or related complaints...
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
James B Leonard, Kashif M Munir, Hong K Kim
Metoclopramide (MCP) is a commonly used anti-emetic in the emergency department (ED). Its use is generally well tolerated; although infrequent adverse reactions such as extrapyramidal reactions or tardive dyskinesia are reported. However, many ED providers are not familiar with the potentially life-threatening hypertensive emergency that can be precipitated by MCP administration in patients with pheochromocytoma. A previously healthy 36-year-old woman presented to the ED with headache and nausea. She developed acute hypertensive emergency (acute agitation, worsening headache, chest pain and wide complex tachycardia) when her blood pressure (BP) increased to 223/102mmHg (initial BP, 134/86mmHg) after receiving intravenous MCP...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Nam Ju Lee, Harold Litt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To compare outcomes between registries and randomized controlled trials of coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA)-based versus standard of care approaches to the initial evaluation of patients with acute chest pain. RECENT FINDINGS: Randomized trials have demonstrated CCTA to be a safe and efficient tool for triage of low- to intermediate-risk patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain. Recent studies demonstrate heterogeneous result using different standard of care approaches for evaluation of hard endpoints in comparison with standard evaluation...
March 8, 2018: Current Cardiology Reports
Michele Cox, Darshan Thota, Ruth Trevino
A 71-yr-old male with a medical history significant for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease presented to emergency department for worsening cough, right-sided pleuritic chest pain, and dyspnea. This was the patient's third visit to the emergency department in 4 d. The patient was initially treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation and subsequently evaluated for congestive heart failure. He was ultimately diagnosed with a spontaneous herniation of the lung parenchyma through the chest wall...
March 1, 2018: Military Medicine
Joshua James Oliver, Matthew Jay Streitz, Jessica Marie Hyams, Richard Michael Wood, Yevgeniy Mikhaylovich Maksimenko, Brit Long, Robert Michael Barnwell, Michael David April
The impact of an outpatient disposition strategy for patients with HEART score 0-3 (HEART pathway) on HEART score prognostic accuracy is unclear. Our objective is to perform an external validation the HEART score in the setting of recent implementation of the HEART pathway. We conducted an external validation study of the HEART pathway among patients presenting to our ED with chest pain 6 weeks after institutional implementation of a HEART pathway outpatient disposition pathway. We reviewed the charts of 625 consecutive patients with chest pain...
March 6, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Mark Flower, James Harvey, Jonathan Hunter
An 84-year-old male Jehovah's Witness presented to the emergency department 1 hour after onset of left facial droop and left upper limb weakness. Thrombolytic stroke treatment was commenced as per local thrombolytic protocol with intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) at 2 hours and 25 min following onset of symptoms. Almost immediately after rtPA infusion the patient reported chest pain and had ECG changes consistent with a diagnosis of anterior ST elevation myocardial infarction...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Anna Sofia Larsson, Inger Merete Jørgensen
Acupuncture is a well-known form of alternative medicine, it is becoming increasingly popular in Denmark for a wide variety of uses, and is also practiced on children. However, there is a risk of serious complications. This is a case report of acupuncture-induced bilateral pneumothorax in a 16-year-old boy, who had been admitted to the emergency department with chest pain. Treatment included a unilateral chest tube in the left lung and conservative treatment in the right lung. Physicians must be aware of pneumothorax as a serious complication of acupuncture in the thoracic region...
February 26, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Jonathan D Porath, Arjun P Meka, Chelsea Morrow, Rahul Iyengar, Eytan Shtull-Leber, Angela Fagerlin, William J Meurer
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic testing is common during emergency department visits. Little is understood about patient preferences for such testing. We hypothesized that a patient's willingness to undergo diagnostic testing is influenced by the potential benefit, risk, and personal cost. METHODS: We conducted a cross sectional survey among emergency department patients for diagnostic testing in 2 hypothetical scenarios: chest pain (CP) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)...
March 5, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Mehrdad Taghizadeh, Roghayeh Taghipour, Kamran Heydari
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2018: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
Zulfiqar Qutrio Baloch, Muhammad Hussain, Shabber Agha Abbas, Jorge L Perez, Muhammad Ayyaz
The development of methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy (MACM) represents a severe complication of chronic methamphetamine abuse. MACM-induced irreversible structural and functional changes in the heart can eventually lead to decompensated heart failure, ultimately requiring heart transplantation. In this case report we present a 47-year old male with a previous history of chronic amphetamine abuse who presented to the emergency room with severe dyspnea at rest associated with mild substernal non-radiating chest pain...
2018: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
Nivethitha Ilangkovan, Christian Backer Mogensen, Hans Mickley, Annmarie Touborg Lassen, Jess Lambrechtsen, Niels Peter Ronnow Sand, Rasmus Albiniussen, Jørgen Byg, Flemming Hald, Mette Hjortdal Grønhøj, Axel Diederichsen
OBJECTIVES: To examine and compare the prevalence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) and the frequency of cardiac events in a background population and a cohort of patients with non-specific chest pain (NSCP) who present to an emergency or cardiology department and are discharged without an obvious reason for their symptom. DESIGN: A double-blinded, prospective, observational cohort study that measures both CT-determined CAC scores and cardiac events after 1 year of follow-up...
March 3, 2018: BMJ Open
Thomas Moumneh, Vanessa Richard-Jourjon, Emilie Friou, Fabrice Prunier, Caroline Soulie-Chavignon, Jacques Choukroun, Betty Mazet-Guilaumé, Jérémie Riou, Andréa Penaloza, Pierre-Marie Roy
In patients consulting in the Emergency Department for chest pain, a HEART score ≤ 3 has been shown to rule out an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) with a low risk of major adverse cardiac event (MACE) occurrence. A negative CARE rule (≤ 1) that stands for the first four elements of the HEART score may have similar rule-out reliability without troponin assay requirement. We aim to prospectively assess the performance of the CARE rule and of the HEART score to predict MACE in a chest pain population. Prospective two-center non-interventional study...
March 2, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
C P Ma, X L Liu, Q S Wang, S P Nie
Objective: To develop and prospectively validate a risk score for acute chest pain patients with normal high-sensitivity troponin I (hs-TnI) levels and without obvious ST-segment deviation in China. Methods: Chest pain patients admitted to the emergency department of Beijing Anzhen Hospital from September 2014 to July 2015 were enrolled. Baseline characteristics of patients met inclusion criteria including normal hs-TnI levels and without obvious ST-segment deviation were included. The endpoint (major adverse cardiovascular events) was a composite of acute myocardial infarction, percutaneous coronary intervention, coronary artery bypass graft, and all-cause death within 3 months after initial presentation...
February 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
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