Acute Coronary Syndrome Resources

In keeping with its mission to lead the fight against Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) provides several accreditations designed to help facilities improve their care of patients with ACS. These include: Chest Pain Center Accreditiation and Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation for individual hospitals and hospital systems and FreeStanding ED Cardiac Care Certification for freestanding emergency departments. As a partner to the healthcare community, ACC offers additional resources of interest to the dedicated individuals who are drivers of innovation in the continuum of care. The publications and resources included in this section are intended for clinicians and hospital administrators who are involved in managing patients with ACS.

What is Acute Coronary Syndrome?

ACS is a general term that refers to clinical symptoms of coronary artery disease, or coronary heart disease, which is the leading cause of death worldwide. ACS symptoms are brought on by sudden reduced blood flow to the heart, resulting in unstable angina or heart attack. They include the traditional symptom of chest pain as well as non-traditional symptoms such as referred pain (often in the upper arm, neck, or jaw), nausea and vomiting, heartburn, unusual or unexplained fatigue, shortness of breath, intense sweating, and lightheadedness.

American College of Cardiology Articles

Clinical topics about Acute Coronary Syndromes

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Attacking Heart Issues - Accreditation can Boost Outcomes for Patients Presenting to Ed

Unifying Quality Across a System, by Sandord USD Medical Center

Prospective audit of incidence of prognostically important myocardial damage in patients discharged from emergency department

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Attack Programs in Chest Pain Centers

Cardiac Time Insensitive Predictive Instruments (TIPIs): Real-Time Emergency Clinical Decision Aids and Tools for the Retrospective Assessment of Care

Chest Pain Center Accreditation Raises Goal Post, Standardizes Care

Looking High and Low for Cardiac Markers

Impact of a Chest-Pain Guideline on Clinical Decision-Making

NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG: Transforming Contemporary Acute Myocardial Infarction Clinical Care

Pre-Hospital 12-lead ECG - A Call for Implementation

Recognition of Acute Coronary Syndrome in the Clinical Setting

Usefulness of Chest Pain Character and Location as Diagnostic Indicators of an Acute Coronary Syndrome

Guidelines for Troponin Testing



Abstracts from the 19th Congress - May 2016

Abstracts from the 18th Congress - May 2015

Impact of Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care Accreditation on Quality: An Action Registry®-Get With the Guidelines™ Analysis (published October 2013)

Improvements in Door-to-Balloon Time in the United States, 2005 to 2010

Safety and Utility of Exercise Testing in Emergency Room Chest Pain Centers

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Chest Pain Center Accreditation Is Associated With Better Performance of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Core Measures for Acute Myocardial Infarction

Chest Pain Center Accreditation Is Associated With Improved Heart Failure Quality Performance Measures

Chest Pain Centers - Moving Toward Proactive Acute Coronary Care

Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care Accreditation Improves ACC/AHA Guidelines Compliance for NSTEMI


The "Short Stay Management of Chest Pain" serves as a roadmap for the establishment of a chest pain unit (CPU). The book is available for purchase in ebook format from Springer.

This essential guide …

  • Covers all medical aspects of CPU use and management as well as the staffing legal regulatory and required fiscal necessities
  • Explains treatment suitable to administer during the risk stratification process
  • Consists of numerous clinical pathways being used by various hospitals and systems to adapt the successful strategies utilized by other institutions to their own patient care environment

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) continues to challenge our health care system in the complexity of presentation and the ever increasing number of patients exhibiting signs and symptoms of an acute coronary syndrome. Written by leading experts, Short Stay Management of Chest Pain provides scientific and clinical insights on the management of patients who arrive at the hospital with a presentation consistent with a potential acute coronary syndrome. Focusing on the cardiology aspects of chest pain, Short Stay Management of Chest Pain is a valuable tool for acute care physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators devoted to caring for this population. Short Stay Management of Chest Pain details the remarkable improvements in diagnostic accuracy and improved patient outcomes for patients presenting with suspected acute coronary syndrome.


We gratefully acknowledge the charitable generosity of Dr. Peacock who has donated the royalties from the sale of the book to further the mission of ACC Accreditation Services.

Voice of the Customer

open quoteThe accreditation process challenged us to do things better.

Michael Cline
Associate COO, Northeast Baptist Hospital, San Antonio

We struggled with a few things. We struggled with our risk stratification. Accreditation absolutely improved processes, not only at Northeast Baptist but for the Baptist Healthcare System. We've improved our Troponin times. We've improved our door-to-ECG times. Our door-to-balloon times are just phenomenal.close quote