In this population based cohort of high risk patients (but with no known CAD), researchers found myocardial scar by MRI imaging in 9%. The strongest risk factors for “silent” MI were older age, male sex, and smoking. These risk factors should heighten our vigilance for silent ischemia during hospital stays (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.