Updated NICE Guidelines
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Announcing the release of the most recent update to the NICE guidelines, kindly shared with us by one of SCCT’s leaders in the field, Dr. Ed Nicol.
 
A few of the major recommendations to highlight are:

1.3.4.1 Include the typicality of anginal pain features (see recommendation 1.3.3.1) in all requests for diagnostic investigations and in the person's notes. [2010, amended 2016]

1.3.4.2 Use clinical judgement and take into account people's preferences and comorbidities when considering diagnostic testing. [2010]

1.3.4.3 Offer 64 slice (or above) CT coronary angiography if:
  • clinical assessment (see recommendation 1.3.3.1) indicates typical or atypical angina or
  • clinical assessment indicates non-anginal chest pain but 12 lead resting ECG has been done and indicates ST T changes or Q waves. [new 2016]

1.3.4.4 For people with confirmed CAD (for example, previous MI, revascularisation, previous angiography), offer non-invasive functional testing when there is uncertainty about whether chest pain is caused by myocardial ischaemia. See section 1.3.6 for further guidance on non-invasive functional testing. An exercise ECG may be used instead of functional imaging. [2010]

 
Click here to view the updates and click here to view the full guideline.
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