This study sought to find the frequency of patients admitted to an ED (Emergency Department) with complaints of chest pain without clinical signs of cardiac disease (CPWCSCD). The presence of negative angiogram test results was used to define cardiac disease. This study also sought to find the frequency of patients without clinical signs of cardiac disease that also have anxiety or depression. These combinations can leave patients undertreated, overwhelm emergency room staff, and add to the financial burden of the health care system. This non experimental, descriptive, quantitative chart review used a researcher developed tool to investigate the frequency of patients with CPWCSCD admitted to a mid western hospital in the fourth quarter of 2009. Inclusion criteria included anyone age 18 or older who was admitted with chest pain and underwent an angiogram test. There were 115 charts reviewed, 77 patients had no clinical findings of cardiac disease according to negative angiogram test results. Of the 77, 48.1% had a documented diagnosis of anxiety, depression or a combination of both.
|Advisor:||Volz, Tina, Schleyer, Marilyn|
|School:||Northern Kentucky University|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Anxiety, Chest pain, Depression, Frequency|
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