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Risk scores chest pain

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
Philippa Howlett, Jane K Cleal, Huihai Wu, Nikunj Shah, Alex Horton, Nick Curzen, Michael Mahmoudi
Objective: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) may serve as potential biomarkers in a variety of pathologies. The aim of this study was to determine whether miRNAs could serve as blood-based markers of isolated coronary artery calcification (CAC) defined as CAC in the absence of an underlying metabolic abnormality. Methods: 24 age-matched and sex-matched patients who had been referred for elective CT coronary calcium score and angiography as part of investigation for cardiac chest pain were recruited...
2018: Open Heart
Leslee J Shaw, Abhinav Goyal, Christina Mehta, Joe Xie, Lawrence Phillips, Anita Kelkar, Joseph Knapper, Daniel S Berman, Khurram Nasir, Emir Veledar, Michael J Blaha, Roger Blumenthal, James K Min, Reza Fazel, Peter W F Wilson, Matthew J Budoff
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) imparts a heavy economic burden on the U.S. health care system. Evidence regarding the long-term costs after comprehensive CVD screening is limited. OBJECTIVES: This study calculated 10-year health care costs for 6,814 asymptomatic participants enrolled in MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis), a registry sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. METHODS: Cumulative 10-year costs for CVD medications, office visits, diagnostic procedures, coronary revascularization, and hospitalizations were calculated from detailed follow-up data...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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
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
Pei Gee Chew, Fredrick Frost, Liam Mullen, Michael Fisher, Heidar Zadeh, Ruth Grainger, Khaled Albouaini, James Dodd, Bilal Patel, Periaswamy Velavan, Babu Kunadian, Anju Rawat, Toba Obafemi, Sarah Tong, Julia Jones, Aleem Khand
BACKGROUND: We tested the hypothesis that a single high sensitivity troponin at limits of detection (LOD HSTnT) (<5 ng/l) combined with a presentation non-ischaemic electrocardiogram is superior to low-risk Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) (<75), Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) (≤1) and History, ECG, Age, Risk factors and Troponin (HEART) score (≤3) as an aid to early, safe discharge for suspected acute coronary syndrome. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study, risk scores were computed in consecutive patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome presenting to the Emergency Room of a large English hospital...
February 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Jessica M Hyams, Matthew J Streitz, Joshua J Oliver, Richard M Wood, Yevgeniy M Maksimenko, Brit Long, Robert M Barnwell, Michael D April
BACKGROUND: Chest pain is a common emergency department (ED) chief complaint. Safe discharge mechanisms for low-risk chest pain patients would be useful. OBJECTIVE: To compare admission rates prior to and after implementation of an accelerated disposition pathway for ED patients with low-risk chest pain based upon the HEART (History, ECG, Age, Risk factors, Troponin) score (HEART pathway). METHODS: We conducted an impact analysis of the HEART pathway...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Carla Araújo, Olga Laszczyńska, Marta Viana, Filipa Melão, Ana Henriques, Andreia Borges, Milton Severo, Maria Júlia Maciel, Ilídio Moreira, Ana Azevedo
OBJECTIVES: Prompt diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) remains a challenge, with presenting symptoms affecting the diagnosis algorithm and, consequently, management and outcomes. This study aimed to identify sex differences in presenting symptoms of ACS. DESIGN: Data were collected within a prospective cohort study (EPIHeart). SETTING: Patients with confirmed diagnosis of type 1 (primary spontaneous) ACS who were consecutively admitted to the Cardiology Department of two tertiary hospitals in Portugal between August 2013 and December 2014...
February 23, 2018: BMJ Open
Narasa Madam, Wassim Mosleh, Natdanai Punnanithinont, Andres Carmona-Rubio, Zaid H Said, Umesh C Sharma
Background: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an underdiagnosed cause for chest pain in patients without significant coronary artery disease (CAD). Studies showed that enlarged pulmonary arterial (PA) and right ventricular chamber sizes correlate with the severity of PH. Therefore, we studied the association between chest pain, right ventricular dimensions (RVDs), and PA size on coronary coronary tomographic angiography (CCTA). Methods: The CCTA of 87 patients presenting with chest pain without evidence of obstructive CAD was examined...
2018: Clinical Medicine Insights. Circulatory, Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine
Ching-Yu Julius Chen, Tzu-Ching Yang, Christopher Chang, Shao-Chun Lu, Po-Yuan Chang
BACKGROUND: Homocysteine has been long considered a risk factor for atherosclerosis. However, cardiovascular events cannot be reduced through homocysteine lowering by B vitamin supplements. Although several association studies have reported an elevation of serum homocysteine levels in cardiovascular diseases, the relationship of homocysteine with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is not well established. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled STEMI patients who were consecutively admitted to an intensive care unit following coronary intervention in a single medical center in Taiwan...
February 13, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Min Jae Cha, Sung Mok Kim, Hyun Su Kim, Yiseul Kim, Yeon Hyeon Choe
Background Myocardial perfusion reserve index (MPRI) and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) on cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) are known to quantify coronary microvascular dysfunction and myocardial fibrosis, respectively. Purpose To demonstrate that cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and smoking are correlated with MPRI and ECV on CMR in asymptomatic individuals. Material and Methods Between October 2013 and July 2014, 196 individuals underwent CMR. After excluding those with chest pain, arrhythmia, and obstructive coronary artery disease, participants were divided into five groups: those without risk factor (n = 26) and those with one (n = 43), two (n = 35), three (n = 24), or four (n = 6) risk factors...
January 1, 2018: Acta Radiologica
Frank P Schmidt, Claus Schmitt, Matthias Hochadel, Evangelos Giannitsis, Harald Darius, Lars S Maier, Claus Schmitt, Gerd Heusch, Thomas Voigtländer, Harald Mudra, Tommaso Gori, Jochen Senges, Thomas Münzel
BACKGROUND: Patients with non ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) represent the largest fraction of patients with acute coronary syndrome in German Chest Pain units. Recent evidence on early vs. selective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is ambiguous with respect to effects on mortality, myocardial infarction (MI) and recurrent angina. With the present study we sought to investigate the prognostic impact of PCI and its timing in German Chest Pain Unit (CPU) NSTEMI patients...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Dustin G Mark, Jie Huang, Uli Chettipally, Mamata V Kene, Megan L Anderson, Erik P Hess, Dustin W Ballard, David R Vinson, Mary E Reed
BACKGROUND: Both the modified History, Electrocardiogram, Age, Risk factors and Troponin (HEART) score and the Emergency Department Assessment of Chest pain Score (EDACS) can identify patients with possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS) at low risk (<1%) for major adverse cardiac events (MACE). OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to assess the comparative accuracy of the EDACS (original and simplified) and modified HEART risk scores when using cardiac troponin I (cTnI) cutoffs below the 99th percentile, and obtain precise MACE risk estimates...
February 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Michele L McCarroll, Rami A Ahmed, Alan Schwartz, Michael David Gothard, Steven Scott Atkinson, Patrick Hughes, Jose Cepeda Brito, Lori Assad, Jerry Myers, Richard L George
Background: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) developed plans for potential emergency conditions from the Exploration Medical Conditions List. In an effort to mitigate conditions on the Exploration Medical Conditions List, NASA implemented a crew medical officer (CMO) designation for eligible astronauts. This pilot study aims to add knowledge that could be used in the Integrated Medical Model. Methods: An analogue population was recruited for two categories: administrative physicians (AP) representing the physician CMOs and technical professionals (TP) representing the non-physician CMOs...
October 2017: BMJ Simul Technol Enhanc Learn
Maryam A Hakim, Frances L Garden, Matthew D Jennings, Claudia C Dobler
Background and objective: Patients hospitalized for acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a high 30-day hospital readmission rate, which has a large impact on the health care system and patients' quality of life. The use of a prediction model to quantify a patient's risk of readmission may assist in directing interventions to patients who will benefit most. The objective of this study was to calculate the rate of 30-day readmissions and evaluate the accuracy of the LACE index (length of stay, acuity of admission, co-morbidities, and emergency department visits within the last 6 months) for 30-day readmissions in a general hospital population of COPD patients...
2018: Clinical Epidemiology
Mohammad Parsa Mahjoob, Soheila Sadeghi, Hamide Falahaty Khanaman, Mohammadreza Naderian, Isa Khaheshi
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is uncommon among young adults and may have certain characteristics that are different from those in older patients. The aim of the current study was to determine the risk factors of CAD, important laboratory data and angiographic findings in young patients with CAD and to compare them with the old patients. METHODS: Patients with typical chest pain whose CAD was confirmed by coronary angiography were included in the study...
December 20, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
Ronald J Polinsky
In October 2015, a 74-year-old Caucasian male patient (past medical history of hyperlipidemia, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and hypothyroidism) presented to the cardiologist for follow-up outpatient evaluation of exertional chest pain. The patient had recently been seen at the Emergency Department for the same complaint. At that time, the patient's cardiac markers, EKG, and pharmacological nuclear stress testing were all reported as normal. At presentation to the cardiologist, the patient's physical examination findings were unremarkable...
2018: SAGE open medical case reports
Maros Ferencik, Thomas Mayrhofer, Daniel O Bittner, Hamed Emami, Stefan B Puchner, Michael T Lu, Nandini M Meyersohn, Alexander V Ivanov, Elizabeth C Adami, Manesh R Patel, Daniel B Mark, James E Udelson, Kerry L Lee, Pamela S Douglas, Udo Hoffmann
Importance: Coronary computed tomographic angiography (coronary CTA) can characterize coronary artery disease, including high-risk plaque. A noninvasive method of identifying high-risk plaque before major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) could provide practice-changing optimizations in coronary artery disease care. Objective: To determine whether high-risk plaque detected by coronary CTA was associated with incident MACE independently of significant stenosis (SS) and cardiovascular risk factors...
January 10, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
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