GPs often receive echocardiogram reports and are asked to interpret them. Here is a grossly simplified version of how.Read More
A 45-year-old man with no prior cardiac history, but with cardiovascular risk factors including a 10-pack-year smoking history stopped last year, 5-year history of Type II diabetes on Metformin, obesity with BMI of 37, without a family history of premature coronary artery disease, now presented with exertional but inconsistent central chest tightness.
He was investigated extensively, including a negative exercise tolerance ECG at 13 minutes without symptom or ECG change. Despite reassurance, his chest pain continued at random, and has not resolved with a course of Omeprazole for presumed non-cardiac (possibly gastrointestinal reflux) chest pain.
What should we do?
- Reassure him that this pain is almost certainly non-cardiac
- Perform a stress echocardiogram as it has a higher sensitivity than an exercise ECG
- Perform an invasive angiographyRead More
CT coronary angiography has now been routinely performed, at least in the Waitemata area since 2011, where we were the first to implement CTCA in the workup of acute chest pain in New Zealand.Read More