What should initial rapid evaluation for myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack) include?

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: A Maziar Zafari, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Initial rapid evaluation should include obtaining a brief history and performing a focused physical examination. Important elements of the history, such as characteristics of the pain and important associated symptoms, and past history of or risk factors for cardiovascular disease, are used to determine the likelihood that these symptoms represent acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and to predict the likelihood of clinical outcomes. [1]


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