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Risk-stratification tool may help avoid unnecessary echocardiography in patients with syncope

from Healio

The risk for clinically important findings on echocardiography was low when none of five predictor variables were present in adults aged at least 60 years who presented to the ED with syncope, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Researchers conducted a prospective, observational cohort study of 995 adults aged at least 60 years who presented to one of 11 EDs in the United States with syncope or near-syncope and who underwent transthoracic echocardiography between April 2013 and September 2016 (mean age, 74 years; 55 percent men). The primary outcome of the study was identifying patients with a clinically significant finding on transthoracic echocardiography. more

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