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- Received May 27, 2009
- Revision received July 28, 2009
- Accepted September 17, 2009
- Published online February 1, 2010.
- Kevin Wei, MD⁎ ()
- ↵⁎Reprint requests and correspondence:
Dr. Kevin Wei, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, UHN 62, Portland, Oregon 97239
The diagnosis and risk stratification of patients presenting with suspected cardiac chest pain to the emergency department (ED) is difficult, inefficient, and costly. Echocardiography can be used to directly detect myocardial ischemia through the identification of a new wall thickening (WT) abnormality. Contrast echocardiography provides further incremental benefit both for assessment of WT, as well as from the evaluation of myocardial perfusion. This review will discuss how echocardiography can be used to diagnose, risk stratify, and potentially reduce costs in patients with suspected acute coronary syndromes in the ED.
Sanjiv Kaul, MD, served as Guest Editor for this paper.
- Received May 27, 2009.
- Revision received July 28, 2009.
- Accepted September 17, 2009.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation
- Pathophysiology of ACS
- Echocardiography in Suspected ACS
- Incremental Benefits of Contrast Agents for Echocardiographic Detection of ACS
- Diagnostic and Prognostic Utility of MCE in Suspected Cardiac CP
- Cost Effectiveness of MCE
- Safety of MCE in ACS
- Implementation of MCE in the ED