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Table 3 Advice given by the cardiologist, in percentages

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

Advice given Patients withany disease*
n = 478
Patients withoutany disease
n = 147
Total population
n = 625
No advice 52.5 83.7 59.8
Advice** 47.5 16.3 40.2
   Refer to cardiologist 28.7 7.5 23.7
   Repeat echocardiogram in x years 11.5 5.4 10.1
   Endocarditis prophylaxis 13.8 4.8 11.7
   Adjust medication 3.1 2.7 3.0
   Refer to pulmonologist 0.8 - 0.6
   Wrong indication for referral 4.8 1.4 4.0
  1. *Any disease: at least one relevant abnormality, i.e. valve disease or left ventricular dysfunction or left ventricular hypertrophy or pulmonary hypertension or septum defects
  2. ** The cardiologist could give more than one advice (i.e. 'Repeat echocardiogram in x years' and 'Endocarditis prophylaxis'); therefore, the sub-percentages of 'Advice' should not be summed.