New guidelines on acute heart problems

5 September 2014        

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The British Heart Foundation welcomes new guidelines, published by NICE, which cover the diagnosis and management of acute coronary syndromes in patients aged 18 and older.

The quality standard is expected to contribute to improvements in deaths from cardiovascular diseases, length of hospital stay, effectiveness of treatment and reduce incidence of further heart attacks.

Dr Mike Knapton, our Associate Medical Director, said: “We endorse these new guidelines as it is important to ensure that people get access to timely treatment and the best possible care.

“The guidelines give patients an opportunity to know and understand what standards they should expect from healthcare providers.

“The evidence suggests that if hospitals apply these standards it will improve outcomes for patients in terms of mortality, as well as using resources more efficiently.”