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Stress echocardiography in the district hospital setting: a cost-saving analysis.
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PMID:  20067915     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
AIMS: Accurate and cost-effective techniques are required for investigating patients experiencing chest pain, given the significant workload this patient cohort represents. We determined the cost impact of stress echocardiography compared with myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and coronary angiography in the investigation of patients with chest pain deemed unsuitable for exercise treadmill testing.
METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 200 patients with chest pain-with a low-intermediate probability of coronary artery disease-consecutively referred for stress echocardiography were recruited. Referring clinicians were asked which management strategy they would have chosen were the stress echocardiography service unavailable. The cost saving of stress echocardiography, an accuracy analysis, and adverse outcomes at 6 and 24 months follow-up were determined. The total cost attributable to the stress echocardiography service was Pound Sterling 58 368. If unavailable, 78 (39%) patients would have been referred for angiography and 122 (61%) for perfusion scintigraphy at a cost of Pound Sterling 56 316 and Pound Sterling 42 090, respectively, with a total cost of Pound Sterling 98 406. This represents a cost saving of Pound Sterling 40 038.
CONCLUSION: Stress echocardiography is a cost saving method for the investigation of chest pain in patients with low-intermediate risk of flow limiting coronary artery disease in the district hospital setting.
Nicolai Wennike; Benoy Nalin Shah; Emma Boger; Roxy Senior; Kim Greaves
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2010-01-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of echocardiography : the journal of the Working Group on Echocardiography of the European Society of Cardiology     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1532-2114     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Echocardiogr     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100890618     Medline TA:  Eur J Echocardiogr     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  401-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Acute Medicine, Poole General Hospital, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB, UK.
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