ACC/AHA 2002 Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Unstable Angina and Non-ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction: A SUMMARY FOR EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS

Current literature and clinical practice places a substantial emphasis on evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice guidelines. In the year 2000, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) published comprehensive, evidence-based guidelines on the management of patients with unstable angina (UA) and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). In 2002, these guidelines were updated due to the remarkable clinical advances in the care of these patients. Many aspects of these guidelines pertain directly to emergency physicians.