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Accurate diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular conditions are key to patient health. ARUP Consult® offers current resources for testing to aid clinicians.

February 29, 2024

Cardiovascular conditions are common in the United States, and accurate diagnosis and treatment are critical to patient health. February is American Heart Month, a time when all people, especially women, are encouraged to focus on their cardiovascular health.

ARUP Consult®, a free source of expert guidance on laboratory testing, has current resources on testing for acute coronary syndrome (ACS), heart failure (HF), and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). These and other offerings, which summarize current clinical practice guidelines, testing strategies, and relevant technical details, are reviewed and revised regularly and tailored to clinicians to help them choose the right test at the right time.

Acute Coronary Syndrome

The up-to-date ARUP Consult Acute Coronary Syndrome - Ischemic Heart Disease topic details the appropriate laboratory testing for the diagnosis and management of patients who present with symptoms of ACS. Also included are Quick Answers for Clinicians on the use of troponin testing in the diagnosis of ACS.

Heart Failure

Signs and symptoms of HF are nonspecific, which presents a diagnostic challenge. The ARUP Consult Heart Failure topic includes a brief series of questions and answers covering points such as the recommended laboratory tests to evaluate comorbidities in patients. Also included are special considerations for laboratory testing in pediatric patients and discussion of several emerging biomarkers currently being researched in HF.

Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment

ASCVD is caused by a buildup of cholesterol plaque in the arteries and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. The ARUP Consult Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment topic includes several tools to determine a patient’s 10-year risk of an ASCVD event, which is fundamental in establishing appropriate medical management. Traditional lipid tests are recommended to evaluate risk, as well as for screening and monitoring.

ARUP Consult is a web-based laboratory test selection tool that provides point-of-care diagnostic and interpretive information to clinicians. A free educational resource, it is funded entirely by ARUP Laboratories. ARUP medical directors, who are active faculty members at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah and its Department of Pathology, review and contribute to the content on ARUP Consult.

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