Inconsistent electrocardiographic testing for syncope in United States emergency departments

Benjamin C. Sun, Jennifer A. Emond, Carlos A. Camargo

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Abstract

The electrocardiogram has diagnostic and prognostic value in the evaluation of syncope, and consensus guidelines suggest routine electrocardiographic testing. An analysis of a nationally representative survey suggests that electrocardiographic testing is performed inconsistently in patients presenting with syncope to United States emergency departments, even in high-risk patients, such as the elderly and hospitalized. Variation in electrocardiographic testing represents an opportunity to improve the care of patients presenting with syncope to emergency departments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1306-1308
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Volume93
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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