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New heart attack test could reduce unnecessary hospital admissions

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 29 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:712
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Fransisco

    Nearly all myocardial infarctions can be rapidly identified within 90 minutes by serially measuring the serum concentrations of three cardiac proteins, a new study conducted at the Veterans Administration Health Care System in San Diego, California, has found (American Journal of Cardiology 2001;88:611-7).

    Current chest pain protocols generally rely on one or two markers and it takes 8-12 hours until a heart attack is ruled out. The new strategy offers an efficient, cost effective method of evaluating chest pain and saves on healthcare costs, according to Dr Alan Maisel, chairman of the cardiology department at the University of California at San Diego, …

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