Outcomes, Arteriosclerosis, Angioplasty, Echocardiography, CT, Catheter arteriography, Cardiovascular system, Cardiac, Arteries / Aorta
H. Hussain1, Z. Fysal1, V. Karthikeyan1, P. Das1, M. R. Rees2; 1Rhyl/UK, 2Gwynedd/UK
This study demonstrates that imaging of the patient is important to exclude non-cardiac disease in suspected myocardial infarction it also shows that in the majority of patients who are admitted to hospital with presumed myocardial infarction there is time to carry out both cardiac and non-cardiac examinations as well as chest X ray and echocardiography,
even in severely ill patients.
Only a minority of these patients underwent cardiac catheterization and coronary angioplasty,
as most of the patients were too unwell for invasive investigation.
Cardiac CT would be a useful non-invasive investigation,
to establish diagnosis early and reduce hospital mortality