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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the utility of N terminal pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) as a diagnostic marker for diastolic dysfunction or failure, systolic dysfunction, and significant valve disorders in patients over 75 years. DESIGN Cohort study. SETTING Outpatient echocardiography service in a district general hospital. PARTICIPANTS 100(More)
BACKGROUND To assess the utility of routine exercise stress testing (EST) in patients at intermediate risk of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) according to the Heart Foundation of Australia/Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (HFA/CSANZ) guidelines. METHOD Prospective observational study of patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with(More)
OBJECTIVE Obtaining an accurate medical history is essential in the assessment of patients, particularly in emergency department (ED) patients with acute chest pain, as there can be a time imperative for diagnosis and commencement of treatment. We aimed to evaluate reliability of patient-reported compared with physician-adjudicated medical history by(More)
UNLABELLED The investigators of this study sought to examine whether abnormal physiological parameters are associated with increased risk for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with chest pain. METHODS We used prospectively collected data on adult patients presenting with suspected ACS in 2 EDs in(More)
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