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New simple blood test could rule out ER visit for heart attack
A simple test could help rule out if people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain are at risk for a heart attack.
A study in Sweden found a blood test plus an electrocardiogram were 99 % accurate at showing which patients could safely be sent home rather than admitted for more tests.
Chest pain sends about 15-million people to emergency rooms in the United States and Europe each year.
It is usually from anxiety, indigestion or less-serious things than a heart attack.
Knowing who can safely go home helps patients saves money and avoid unnecessary tests.