Study backs algorithm for chest pain assessment in children

09/10/2013 | TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration)

The Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans algorithm for evaluating chest pain in children is sufficient for use in the field, according to a study published recently in Pediatrics. Most of the 1,016 children in the study did not have underlying heart disease. If correctly followed, SCAMPs provides a "system of red flags" for evaluating children with chest pain in the ambulatory setting and provides a clear, consistent protocol, according to Dr. Robert Campbell. The approach calls for an echocardiogram when the initial assessment uncovers at least one prespecified abnormality.

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