UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: Atrial Fibrillation

Keywords: atrial fibrillation, myocardial infarction (PubMed Search)

Posted: 10/14/2007 by Amal Mattu, MD (Updated: 6/13/2024)
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New onset atrial fibrillation is rarely the sole manifestation of myocardial infarction. In other words, in the absence of accompanying chest pressure, dyspnea, diaphoresis, or other anginal equivalents, a rule-out ACS workup in not supported by the literature and is not cost-effective.

The two exceptions to the statement above are elderly and diabetic patients, in whom subtle presentations of ACS are common with or without atrial fibrillation.