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People evaluated for chest pain in emergency departments have low future risk of myocardial infarction, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 27 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h458
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

People evaluated by emergency departments for chest pain are at very low risk of myocardial infarction in the short and longer term future, shows a US study1 that questions the common practice of performing stress testing in such patients.

Non-invasive cardiac imaging is commonly used to assess cardiac function and coronary artery disease in patients with chest pain, but no evidence has shown that this reduces the risk of future cardiac events when compared with a more conservative approach. Information is also limited on the advantages and disadvantages of the …

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