Anginal Pain Equivalents

Dyspnea, present in about one-third of patients with infarction in some series (24,35,39) is the most important angina equivalent. We found in our multicenter ED trial (2) that 16% of patients with suspected ACI presented with a chief complaint of shortness of breath and had an 11% incidence of ACI at final diagnosis (6% AMI, 5% UAP); in 8%,

Table 4

Comparison of Patients With and Without a Final Diagnosis of ACI: Clinical Features, Chief Complaints, Presenting Symptoms, and Past Medical

History¬ę

Final diagnosis ACI

Final Diagnosis not ACI

Total

Table 4

Comparison of Patients With and Without a Final Diagnosis of ACI: Clinical Features, Chief Complaints, Presenting Symptoms, and Past Medical

History¬ę

Total

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