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Long-term outcome of low-risk patients attending a rapid-assessment chest pain clinic


Taylor, GL and Murphy, NF and Berry, C and Christie, J and Finlayson, A and Macintyre, K and Morrison, C and McMurray, JJV, Long-term outcome of low-risk patients attending a rapid-assessment chest pain clinic, Heart, 94, (5) pp. 628-632. ISSN 1355-6037 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1136/hrt.2007.125344


OBJECTIVE: To examine the long-term outcome of patients evaluated in a rapid assessment chest pain clinic (RACPC): are "low-risk" patients safely reassured?

DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study.

SETTING: Staff grade-led RACPC in an urban teaching hospital.

PARTICIPANTS: 3378 patients (51% male), attending the RACPC between April 1996 and February 2000.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Death, coronary mortality, morbidity and revascularisation over a median follow-up of 6 years. Coronary standardised mortality ratio (SMR).

RESULTS: 2036 (60.3%) patients were categorised as "low risk", 957 (28.3%) as having "stable coronary artery disease" and 214 (6.3%) as being an "acute coronary syndrome". During the study, 3.6% of patients in the low risk category, 11.9% in the stable coronary artery disease category and 24.6% in the acute coronary syndrome category died from coronary artery disease or had a myocardial infarction. 5.5%, 18.2% and 18.4%, respectively, died from any cause. Compared to the local population (coronary SMR = 100), our "low risk/non-coronary chest pain" cohort had a coronary SMR of 51 (95% CI 31 to 83), the "stable coronary artery disease" cohort 240 (187 to 308) and the "acute coronary syndrome" cohort 780 (509 to 1196).

CONCLUSION: The RACPC was effective at triaging patients with chest pain. Patients identified as at "low risk" were unlikely to have an adverse coronary outcome and were appropriately reassured.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Macintyre, K (Dr Kate Macintyre)
ID Code:95745
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-10-08
Last Modified:2014-10-08

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