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Table 2 Recommended investigations with definitive sensitivity and specificity for disease diagnosis or assessment

From: Rapid guide to the management of cardiac patients during the COVID-19 pandemic in Egypt: “a position statement of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology”

Acute aortic syndrome CT angiography (CTA)
Acute pulmonary embolism CT angiography (CTA), D-dimer testing and deep vein ultrasound in the lower extremity
Acute coronary syndrome Ordinary ECG and standard biomarkers for cardiac injury
Cardiac mechanical complications Bedside echocardiography
All patients should undergo lung CT examination
Chest X-ray is not recommended because of a high rate of false-negative diagnosis.
  1. Modified from CSC expert consensus [11]
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