Six-point test may improve GP chest pain care

A simple six-point test could help GPs better manage chest pain in primary care, research suggests.

Chest pain: a simple six-point test could help GPs better manage chest pain in primary care
Chest pain: a simple six-point test could help GPs better manage chest pain in primary care

The Marburg Heart Score can accurately inform GPs whether it is safe to rule out CHD in these patients, according to a review.

It may help GPs decide if the symptoms can instead be managed in primary care or if further investigation is needed, for instance to diagnose acute coronary syndrome.

Researchers said the test showed ‘good discriminatory power and diagnostic accuracy when tested in new patients’.

Developed by researchers at the University of Marburg, Germany, the tool uses five items from a patient’s medical history and a physical examination.

Researchers sought to test the accuracy of the score using data collected from 844 patients presenting to their GP with chest pain.

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