National Heart Attack Alert Program position paper: chest pain centers and programs for the evaluation of acute cardiac ischemia

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Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

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Chest Pain; Emergency Service, Hospital; Humans; Myocardial Infarction; Myocardial Ischemia; Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care); United States


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The National Heart Attack Alert Program (NHAAP), which is coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), promotes the early detection and optimal treatment of patients with acute myocardial infarction and other acute coronary ischemic syndromes. The NHAAP, having observed the development and growth of chest pain centers in emergency departments with special interest, created a task force to evaluate such centers and make recommendations pertaining to the management of patients with acute cardiac ischemia. This position paper offers recommendations to assist emergency physicians in EDs, including those with chest pain centers, in providing comprehensive care for patients with acute cardiac ischemia.


Ann Emerg Med. 2000 May;35(5):462-71.

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Annals of emergency medicine

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