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October 24/31, 2001

Fast Diagnosis for MI

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JAMA. 2001;286(16):1961. doi:10.1001/jama.286.16.1961-JQU10009-2-1

Researchers have developed a faster protocol for diagnosing myocardial infarctions (MIs) in emergency departments using a simple, inexpensive blood test.

A study by researchers with the US Department of Veterans Affairs published in the September 15 American Journal of Cardiology found that their new protocol could rule out an MI in 90 minutes compared with the 6- to 24-hour wait necessary with existing methods. The new protocol led to a 40% drop in critical care admissions and a 20% decrease in overall hospital admissions.

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