Laboratory Tests

• Troponin I or T (and creatine kinase myocardial band [CK-MB]) are measured.

• Blood chemistry tests are performed with particular attention given to potassium and magnesium, which may affect heart rhythm.

• The SCr is measured to identify patients who may need dosing adjustments for some medications, as well as those who are at high risk of morbidity and mortality.

• Baseline CBC and coagulation tests (activated partial thromboplastin time and International Normalized Ratio [INR]) should be obtained, as most patients will receive antithrombotic therapy which increases the risk for bleeding.

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