<< Identifying Emergency Department Patients With Chest Pain Who Are at Low Risk for Acute Coronary Syndromes

Case Presentation & Conclusion

Case Presentations

A 65-year-old man with a history of hypertension, diabetes, and prior myocardial infarction presents to the ED after he experienced a 20-minute episode of dull, aching, left-sided chest discomfort while doing yard work an hour ago. His wife tells you that he’s been having similar episodes on and off for the past 2 weeks. He is pain-free on arrival, and his vital signs are unremarkable. His ECG, chest x-ray, and troponin are all normal. When you go back into the room to reassess him, he says he feels fine and asks if he can go home. You hesitate and wonder if it would be safe to send him home without further testing.

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