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Table 2 Outcomes of echocardiography ordered by general practitioners (%)

From: Evaluation of an open access echocardiography service in the Netherlands: a mixed methods study of indications, outcomes, patient management and trends

GPs' indications for an echocardiography request Echocardiographic outcome
  Left ventricular dysfunction Valve disease LVH PHT No disease*
  Systolic Diastolic Both Any     
Cardiac murmur (total)
n = 368
13
(3.5)
142
(38.6)
7
(1.9)
148
(40.2)
115
(31.3)
190
(51.6)
56
(15.2)
87
(23.6)
Dyspnoea (total)
n = 198
21
(10.6)
73
36.9)
9
(4.5)
85
(42.9)
46
(23.2)
107
(54.0)
37
(18.7)
42
(21.2)
Peripheral oedema (total)
n = 105
15 (14.3) 42
(40.0)
7
(6.7)
50
(47.6)
29
(27.6)
55
(52.4)
25
(23.8)
17
(16.2)
Other (total)
n = 131 (100%)
3
(2.2)
68
(49.6)
3
(2.2)
68
(49.6)
20
(14.6)
60
(43.8)
15
(10.9)
31
(22.6)
Hypertension, LVH?
n = 42 (30.7%)
1
(2.4)
25
(59.5)
1
(2.4)
25
(59.5)
6
(14.3)
23
(54.8)
6
(14.3)
8
(19.0)
Non-specific Complaints
n = 20 (14.6%)
1
(5.0)
9
(45.0)
1
(5.0)
9
(45.0)
7
(35.0)
7
(35.0)
2
(10.0)
6
(30.0)
ECG abnormalities
n = 19 (13.9%)
0
(0)
11
(57.9)
0
(0)
11
(57.9)
0
(0)
2
(10.5)
2
(10.5)
7
(36.8)
Arrhythmias
n = 17 (12.4%)
0
(0)
8
(47.1)
0
(0)
8
(47.1)
2
(11.8)
8
(47.1)
0
(0)
2
(11.8)
Septum defects
n = 11 (8.0%)
0
(0)
5
(45.5)
0
(0)
5
(45.5)
0
(0)
4
(36.4)
0
(0)
4
(36.4)
Cardiac Diseases in Family
n = 8 (5.8%)
0
(0)
2
(25.0)
0
(0)
2
(25.0)
1
(12.5)
3
(37.5)
0
(0)
3
(37.5)
Other
n = 20 (14.6%)
1
(5.0)
8
(40.0)
1
(5.0)
8
(40.0)
4
(20.0)
13
(65.0)
5
(25.0)
1
(5.0)
  1. Abbreviations: GP general practitioner; LVH left ventricular hypertrophy; PHT pulmonary hypertension
  2. * No disease: neither valve disease nor left ventricular dysfunction or left ventricular hypertrophy or pulmonary hypertension or septum defects