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New Heart-Attack Indicator Dramatically Improves Diagnostic Accuracy Of ER Doctors: TnT/Echocardiogram Combination Could Reduce Needless Admissions

he cause of chest pain using traditional methods--a large number of patients are being admitted unnecessarily.

"It will also help us make initial diagnoses to determine appropriate medication," adds Mohler. "Most importantly, this research lays the groundwork for a study that will determine the safety of this data. This work represents a unique marriage between cardiac cell biology, medical imaging, and clinical ER triage."

The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center's sponsored research ranks third in the United States, based on grant support from the National Institutes of Health, the primary funder of biomedical research in the nation. In federal fiscal year 1997, the medical center received $175 million. News releases from the medical center are available to reporters by direct E-mail, fax, or U.S. mail, upon request. They are also posted to the center's website (http://www.med.upenn.edu) and EurekAlert! (http://www.eurekalert.org), a resource sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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Contact: Karen Kreeger
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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
3-Feb-1998


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