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Tool helps clinicians determine when tests are needed for chest pain

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Data from a secondary analysis showed that an online tool can accurately predict which patients with chest pain are likely to have normal non-invasive test results and remain free of cardiac adverse events. Full findings are published in JAMA Cardiology. Currently, guidelines recommend noninvasive testing for patients with stable chest pain though many of these patients may have normal test results and no adverse events. Researchers assessed a risk tool that was developed to use only pretest data to identify the "minimal-risk cohort" — patients with chest pain with normal coronary arteries and no clinical events at follow-up. more

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