Diagnostic Strategies for Acute Aortic Syndromes Research

Over a million people attend NHS hospital emergency departments each year with the possible symptoms of acute aortic syndrome such as chest pain, back pain, or fainting.

Acute aortic syndrome is relatively uncommon, so identifying people who need investigation presents clinicians with a huge diagnostic challenge.

Researchers have developed several strategies that use a clinical score based on the patient’s characteristics and/or a blood test to help clinicians select patients for a CT scan. However, it is not currently known which strategy is best for selecting patients and little research has been carried out in the UK.

 

This study plans to examine the accuracy of the current strategies and then create a computer model to simulate how clinicians would manage a population of patients with symptoms suggesting acute aortic syndrome if they used different diagnostic strategies. The model will predict the outcomes for patients and the costs to the NHS of using the different strategies. We will then be able to choose the strategy that achieves the best balance of avoiding misdiagnosis without overwhelming NHS scanner services with unnecessary scans.

The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust is working with Professor Steve Goodacre from the University of Sheffield to involve patients and families in the project who have experience of acute aortic syndrome, either directly as a patient or through the experience of a relative or friend.

Join the research panel

We are conducting a series of research projects to shape & improve the patient pathway for aortic dissection. As a survivor, relative or family member who has lost a loved one to AD, your experience and opinion are vital.

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Registered charity in the UK No. 1191420
Registered charity in Scotland No. SC051517
PO Box 812, Hope Valley, Chesterfield S40 9QY
© 2022 All Rights Reserved