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Table 4 Clinical findings after admission to hospital in relation to estimated chest pain

From: Association between the reported intensity of an acute symptom at first prehospital assessment and the subsequent outcome: a study on patients with acute chest pain and presumed acute coronary syndrome

  Intensity of pain on arrival of the AN
4.00–5.99 (n = 651) 6.00–7.99 (n = 603) ≥8.00 (n = 349) p b
Anxiety requiring treatment (%) (56)a 58 (9.2) 62 (10.6) 48 (14.5) 0.009
Pain requiring treatment (%) (60) 203 (32.1) 241 (41.2) 138 (42.5) < 0.0001
Final diagnosis (%) (97)
 Myocardial infarction 137 (22.4) 136 (23.9) 108 (33.1) 0.004
 Angina pectoris 65 (10.6) 62 (10.9) 28 (8.6) 0.46
 Myocardial infarction or angina pectoris 202 (33.0) 198 (34.9) 136 (41.7) 0.03
Survival at discharge or not admitted to a hospital ward (%) (37) 627 (98.1) 582 (98.5) 333 (99.1) 0.11
Hospitalisation (median (25th,75th percentile) number of days) c 2 (2,5) 3 (2,6) 3 (2,6) < 0.0001
  1. Data presented as median (25th,75th percentile) or number (percentage)
  2. aNumber of patients with missing information
  3. bActual VAS value used in p-value calculations
  4. cCalculated from the time of calling ambulance service