Are Patients Discharged on the HEART Pathway following Up?

Jordyn L. Janes, Matthew J. Streitz, Jessica M. Hyams, Steven G. Schauer, Allyson A. Arana, Patrick C. Ng, Jessica Small, Rachel E. Bridwell, Michael D. April, Joshua J. Oliver

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Introduction: The HEART (history, electrocardiogram [ECG], age, risk factors, troponin) pathway is a useful tool in the emergency department to identify patients that are safe for outpatient evaluation of chest pain. A dedicated HEART Clinic to follow-up versus primary care remains a topic that requires further delineation. We sought to identify how many patients discharged on the HEART pathway specifically followed up with the established HEART Clinic. Materials and Methods: This is a secondary analysis of a previously published dataset. In an initial validation study of the HEART Pathway, 625 consecutive subjects were identified via chart review, 449 of which were included. We identified subjects for inclusion in this study if they were found to have a HEART score of 3 or less. Subjects were excluded if they were admitted or if their follow-up was beyond 6 weeks. Results: Of the 449 subjects, 185 met criteria for study inclusion. 125 (67.6%) had follow-up with an average time of 7.94 days (95% CI: 6.54-9.34). Of those, half had additional testing such as ECG, cardiac computed tomography angiography, and treadmill stress testing. The most common clinics for follow-up were the Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and HEART Clinic representing 35.8, 29, and 18% of the follow-ups, respectively. No subject died, had a myocardial infarction, or required reperfusion. Conclusions: Of the subjects discharged on the HEART Pathway, 67.6% followed up. Of those subjects that followed up, 18% did so at the HEART Clinic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E2110-E2114
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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