Chest pain outcomes better with cardiologist follow-up, study finds

04/7/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration) · DoctorsLounge.com

Patients with high cardiovascular risk who seek emergency care for chest pain have better outcomes when they are seen by a cardiologist within 30 days rather than obtaining no care or getting follow-up from a primary care physician, according to research published in Circulation. "Clinically speaking, it makes it seem that any patient who has risk factors and is seen in the emergency department for chest pain should have mandated follow-up, with a specialist if possible," said SCAI fellow Dr. Sahil Parikh of University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

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