Journal article

Cardiac troponin testing for diagnosis of acute coronary syndromes in primary care

Helen M Wilcox, Alistair W Vickery, Jon D Emery

The Medical Journal of Australia | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the use of cardiac troponin (cTn) testing for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) diagnosis in primary care. DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective cohort study; general practitioner-initiated cTn tests conducted from 24 September 2009 to 3 September 2010 in Perth, Western Australia. Patient outcomes were obtained from linked data sources for up to 12 months after the final test. Clinical information and outcomes were compared with data from emergency department patients with ACS symptoms. PARTICIPANTS: 369 patients with samples collected at community laboratories. Requesting GPs provided the clinical context for testing. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Cardiovascular risk status, symptoms p..

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