Chest pain units: Management of special populations

Deborah B. Diercks, J. Douglas Kirk, Ezra A. Amsterdam

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Abstract

Chest pain units provide an important alternative to traditional hospital admission for patients who present to the ED with symptoms compatible with ACS and a normal or inconclusive initial evaluation. Although patient subgroups such as women, diabetics, those with established CAD, and those with symptoms related to stimulant use present unique challenges, management in a chest pain unit appears to be appropriate in these populations. Judicious application of accelerated diagnostic protocols and current testing methods can promote safe, accurate, and cost-effective risk stratification of special populations to identify patients who can be safely discharged and patients who require hospital admission for further evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-557
Number of pages9
JournalCardiology clinics
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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