Project Information

ECHO prior to Cardiac Catheterization Initiative

Project Description: Echocardiography (ECHO) is an essential component in the management of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). It aids in the diagnosis of ACS, and allows for further risk stratification, which can help guide management and determine prognosis. ECHO is able to demonstrate important objective data that is paramount in guiding therapy strategies, such as left ventricular systolic dysfunction, the presence of diastolic dysfunction, wall motion abnormalities and valvular heart disease (VHD). Our center, like many nation-wide, receives large numbers of patients presenting with acute chest pain syndromes daily. Many of these patients are diagnosed with ACS and referred for cardiac catheterization. The challenge occurs in allocating precious limited catheterization resources and how to triage these patients properly. In our institution, many low and intermediate risk ACS patients are taken for cardiac catheterization before imaging data is obtained that may impact management.

QPI: Ramez, Smairat, (

Collaborators: Ramez, Smairat, (; (

Advisors: Dominick, Angiolillo, (

UF Health Big Aims: Transform our Culture None

MeSH Keywords: Chest Pain, Echocardiography, Risk Factors, Total Quality Management, Acute Coronary Syndrome