Published in Heart Disease Weekly, January 19th, 2003
Each year in the United States, more than 6 million patients present to emergency departments (EDs) with chest pain or other symptoms suggestive of acute cardiac ischemia [insufficient supply of blood to the heart]. The majority of these patients are admitted to the hospital or to an observation unit, because the initial clinical examination, electrocardiogram (ECG) results, and initial cardiac enzyme levels are insufficient to eliminate the possibility of...
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