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      Diagnostic Accuracy of Physicians for Identifying Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction without an Electrocardiogram

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          Aim. To determine the diagnostic accuracy of physicians for identifying patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) without an electrocardiogram (ECG). Patients. All patients in Göteborg with suspected AMI below 75 years of age who called for an ambulance or came directly to one of the two city hospitals with a delay time of less than 2 h 45 min from the start of symptoms. Methods. As part of the TEAHAT study (comparing rt-PA and placebo in AMI), we asked physicians to judge on a 1-5 scale (1 = no suspicion; 5 = convinced) how strong their suspicion of AMI was prior to interpreting the ECG. Results. Among patients evaluated outside hospital with 4 or 5 on the scale, i.e. either a strong suspicion of AMI or the physician felt convinced about the diagnosis, 45% had ST elevation and 48% developed AMI during the first 3 days in hospital. The corresponding values for patients evaluated in hospital were 67 and 70%, respectively. Conclusion. We found that physicians could not accurately distinguish patients with AMI from those without based on clinical criteria without the help of an ECG.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1995
          1995
          18 November 2008
          : 86
          : 1
          : 25-27
          Affiliations
          aDivision of Cardiology, Sahlgrenska Hospital, and bÖstra Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden; cDivision of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minn., USA
          Article
          176826 Cardiology 1995;86:25–27
          10.1159/000176826
          7728784
          © 1995 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 3
          Categories
          General Cardiology

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