Recognize heart disease with HEART score
25 April 2017
Rapid assessment of the risk of a heart attack is crucial. The HEART score method, developed by two Dutch physicians, can provide help.
If a patient with chest pain arrives at the emergency department, a quick evaluation of the risk of a heart attack is important. This can prevent damage to the heart or even death. On the other hand, research or acute intervention involves risk of complications. A dilemma for the physician.
By using the HEART score it quickly becomes clear whether the patient can be discharged from the emergency department without further investigation, or if additional tests or acute intervention is required. The score was developed in 2008 by two Dutch physicians. The patient scores zero, one or two points for ECG abnormalities, age, risk factors such as smoking, the complaints he had as he was admitted,...