Yield of diagnostic tests in evaluating syncopal episodes in older patients.

@article{Mendu2009YieldOD,
  title={Yield of diagnostic tests in evaluating syncopal episodes in older patients.},
  author={Mallika L. Mendu and G J Mcavay and Rachel I Lampert and Jonathan P. Stoehr and Mary E. Tinetti},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={169 14},
  pages={1299-305}
}
BACKGROUND Syncopal episodes are common among older adults; etiologies range from benign to life threatening. We determined the frequency, yield, and costs of tests obtained to evaluate older persons with syncope. We also calculated the cost per test yield and determined whether the San Francisco syncope rule (SFSR) improved test yield. METHODS Review of 2106 consecutive patients 65 years or older admitted following a syncopal episode. RESULTS Electrocardiograms (in 99% of admissions… CONTINUE READING
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