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

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.

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MODERN ADVANCES IN EMERGENCY CARDIAC CARE: EVOLUTION OF DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT OPTIONS

MODERN ADVANCES IN EMERGENCY CARDIAC CARE: EVOLUTION OF DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT OPTIONS

Patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with chest pain remain a major

clinical challenge. In the United States alone there are over eight million annual visits for this problem, resulting in over four million admissions for possible acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The diagnosis and treatment of congestive heart failure (CHF) is also critically important to emergency physicians as 550,000 new cases present annually. Therefore, it is critical for the emergency physician community remain on the forefront of state of the art diagnostic and treatment options involving the newest regimens for ACS and CHF.

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