Disparities in the care of chest pain

Diercks, Deborah B.; Miller, Chadwick D.
September 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;9/23/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 7, p631
Academic Journal
The article discusses the disparities of medical care for patients with chest pain. It says that in the evaluation of patients with chest pain, the clinician's diagnostic impression is primarily formulated from the patient's history and electrocardiography results. The misinterpretation or misclassification of the symptoms reported by the patient can lead to inappropriate evaluation and potential misdiagnosis of coronary artery disease which may further lead to higher mortality. Typical chest pain compared with atypical chest pain, states that patients with atypical chest pain are at significant risk for cardiac disease and patients with typical symptoms should receive further cardiac evaluation to minimize the impact of cardiac disease.


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