When is serial testing indicated for unstable angina?

Updated: Oct 01, 2020
  • Author: Walter Tan, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Observation and serial or further testing should be considered for patients who have coronary risk factors or a suspicious history. In one study, the unintentional failure to recognize or hospitalize patients with myocardial infarction or unstable angina occurred in an average of 2.2 per 100 patients presenting to the emergency department with a chest pain syndrome. [23] The rates were 0-10% across different academic centers.


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