Higher rates of echocardiography use for patients with acute myocardial infarction were not associated with better outcomes and were tied to longer hospital stays and higher costs, according to a study recent published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“While echocardiography reports can inform clinical decisions and guide use of medications and procedures, only 32% of echocardiography examinations are associated with an active change in management and more than 20% of echocardiography reports are never subsequently acknowledged in the medical record,” Quinn R. Pack, MD, MSc, of the division of cardiovascular medicine, department of medicine, and the Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, and colleagues wrote.
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