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Prognosis for patients with initially suspected acute myocardial infarction in relation to presence of chest pain
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1992 (English)In: Clinical Cardiology, ISSN 0160-9289, E-ISSN 1932-8737, Vol. 15, no 8, 570-576 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
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In all 4,232 patients admitted to a single hospital during a 21-month period due to initially suspected acute myocardial infarction (AMI), the prognosis and risk factor pattern were related to whether patients had chest pain or not. Symptoms other than chest pain that raised a suspicion of AMI were mainly acute heart failure, arrhythmia, and loss of consciousness. In 377 patients (9%) symptoms other than chest pain raised an initial suspicion of AMI. These patients developed a confirmed infarction during the first three days in hospital with a similar frequency (22%) as compared with patients having chest pain (22%). However, patients with “other symptoms” had a one-year mortality of 28% versus 15% for chest pain patients (p < 0.001). Patients with “other symptoms” more often died in association with ventricular fibrillation and less often in association with cardiogenic shock as compared with chest pain patients. Among the 921 patients who developed early AMI, 64 (7%) had symptoms other than chest pain. They had a one-year mortality of 48% versus 27% for chest pain patients (p<0.001). We conclude that in a nonselected group of patients hospitalized due to suspected AMI, those with symptoms other than chest pain have a one-year mortality, which is nearly twice that of patients with chest pain.

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John Wiley & Sons, Inc. , 1992. Vol. 15, no 8, 570-576 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7706DOI: 10.1002/clc.4960150805Local ID: 2320/8578OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-7706DiVA: diva2:888587
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