Why cardiac testing matters in 2022: Facts and figures
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death globally.1
When a patient presents with symptoms of a potential heart attack, they and their families depend on everyone working together with speed and confidence for favorable outcomes. During those most critical moments, trust, time, and resources aren't just valuable—they're vital. Fast and accurate diagnosis can make all the difference to patients waiting to find out if they've had a heart attack.
Every minute waiting on test results comes at a cost when patients present to the emergency department with signs and symptoms that may indicate myocardial infarction (MI).
Patients and their families are anxious, and clinicians and laboratory professionals are pressured to identify the problem quickly and accurately. Fear and anxiety are common emotions for anyone with heart conditions, and an acute onset of chest pain or other symptoms requiring emergency evaluation can exacerbate those feelings.3
A patient safety issue and worldwide public health problem
Many emergency departments today are overcrowded, leaving both patients and providers waiting for answers. How can this be improved? How can we increase efficiency and diagnostic confidence for clinicians?
Expediting triage times for patients presenting with heart attack symptoms enhances patient care and helps against Emergency Department overcrowding—a patient safety issue and a worldwide public health problem that contributes to cardiac deaths.4
Having high-sensitivity troponin I testing available at the bedside can transform the way chest pain patients are assessed, providing reliable results in just 8 minutes.
A vital leap forward in cardiac testing
Benefitting physicians and patients
Optimized Emergency Department Wait Times
Streamlines chest pain assessment, aiding in earlier diagnosis for patients having a heart attack and peace of mind for those who are not.
Evidence-Based, Accurate Results
Offers high-sensitivity Troponin I testing right at the bedside. Results are available in just minutes for patients, clinicians and laboratory partners.
Easily Integrated into Assessment Process
Transforms the chest pain assessment process to benefit patients and clinicians.
Videos: Expert perspectives
“With the Atellica VTLi system, we’re able to improve the patient pathway by combining rapid results with a process redesigned with the use of an ambulatory care area. We can use space more efficiently, and more importantly, we're going to get them out of hospital faster.”
DR. PAUL COLLINSON
What do respected clinicians have to say about Atellica VTLi Analyzer?
Dr. Frank Peacock
Dr. Mike Samoszuk
Head of the Department of Clinical Biochemistry of the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc
Infographic & Press Release
Once a patient develops symptoms and seeks care at a hospital, their patient pathway begins. At that point, every minute counts.
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- Screening of family members of pts. w/premature CAD, EUROASPIRE I- EHJ (2003);24: 249-257.
- Heart conditions and mental health. British Heart Foundation. https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/wellbeing/mental-health/mental-health-survey
- What we have learned from a decade of ED crowding research. Pines, JM, Griffey RT, Acad Emerg Med. 2015 Aug;22(8):985-7. doi: 10.1111/acem.12716. Epub 2015 Jul 20
WHO reveals leading causes of death and disability worldwide: 2000-2019. World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization. Epub 2020 Dec 9. https://www.paho.org/en/news/9-12-2020-who-reveals-leading-causes-death-and-disability-worldwide-2000-2019