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Chest pain, which could suggest a heart attack, is the most common cause of emergency hospital admissions in the UK, accounting for six per cent of all attendances to the Emergency Department. If the signs of heart attacks are missed the consequences for patients could be fatal, resulting in pressure for medical practitioners to make an accurate diagnosis.
However, fewer than 35 per cent of patients with chest pain are diagnosed with a heart attack, which means that a significant number of patients - almost two-thirds – may not need to be admitted to hospital.
High sensitivity troponin is a test which...Read more