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AHRQ Issues the Summary of Evidence Report on the Prediction of Risk for Patients with Unstable Angina

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Press Release Date: August 31, 2000

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces the availability of a summary of an evidence report on the prediction of risk for patients with unstable angina.

AHRQ's UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) was asked to conduct a systematic review of the current literature on unstable angina, including studies of the prognostic value of patient history, physical exam, electrocardiogram and other diagnostic tests such as troponin to identify a patient's risk for unstable angina. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association developed a set of clinical practice guidelines on predicting and treating unstable angina, which are based in part on AHRQ's evidence report, and embargoed for release on August 31, 5:00 p.m. EDT.

The summary of Evidence Report/Technology Assessment Number 31, The Prediction of Risk for Patients with Unstable Angina, is available online at http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcsums/unstabsum.htm

Print copies are available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse by writing to: P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907, or calling (800) 358-9295 within the U.S. or (703) 437-2078 from outside the country. Copies of the full report are expected to be available Fall 2000.

Editor's Notes:

For more details on the Evidence Report/Technology Assessment Number 31, The Prediction of Risk for Patients with Unstable Angina, please contact Kathy McDonald of the UCSF-Stanford EPC at (650) 723-0559.

For information on the ACC and AHA guidelines, please contact Dr. Eugene Braunwald at (617) 278-1086. The full text of the guidelines is in the September 2000 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. An executive summary is in the September 5, 2000 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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