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Nov 25, 2010

It's beaten into our heads that we need to ask, document and consider cardiac risk factors in the acute chest pain patient. And we do. Diligently.

But do risk factors for chronic coronary artery disease play a role in helping to predict whether or not the emergency department patient presenting with chest pain has an acute coronary syndrome?

Logic says they should but the data says otherwise.

 

Studies referenced in this episode

Resuscitation 2008

Annals of Emergency Medicine 2007