Decision Aid Leads More Patients to Skip Stress Tests

Posted on April 10th, 2012 by

Chest-pain patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome are more engaged in decisions about their care and less likely to undergo stress testing if they read a decision aid that clearly explains their risk and management options, according to results of a new study published online April 10, 2012 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Dr Erik Hess (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN) and colleagues developed a printed decision aid for patients presenting to the emergency department with symptoms of nontraumatic chest pain.

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Heart.org by Reed Miller   4/10/12

Tags: acute coronary syndrome, Cardiology, Dr. Erik Hess, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Research, stress test

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