Cost effectiveness of the B type natriuretic peptide, electrocardiography, and portable echocardiography for the assessment of patients from the community with suspected heart failure.

@article{Lim2007CostEO,
  title={Cost effectiveness of the B type natriuretic peptide, electrocardiography, and portable echocardiography for the assessment of patients from the community with suspected heart failure.},
  author={Tiong Keng Lim and Girish Dwivedi and S. A. Hayat and Paul O. Collinson and Roxy Senior},
  journal={Echocardiography},
  year={2007},
  volume={24 3},
  pages={228-36}
}
To analyze the cost efficiency of guidelines proposed by the European Society of Cardiology for investigation of patients in the community with suspected heart failure (HF). The guidelines recommend electrocardiography (ECG) and/or measurement of N-terminal pro B type natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP) prior to referral for echocardiography. Portable echocardiography is a new but validated technique for the evaluation of HF. Accordingly, 137 suspected HF patients (mean age 71+/-13 years) from the… CONTINUE READING
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