Acute Coronary Syndrome in the Emergency Department (ACS:ED)
This research aims to evaluate different strategies for investigating suspected cardiac chest pain and the epidemiology of different causes of chest pain across the United Kingdom. We will be collecting data from emergency departments and on individual patients.


The Study

The ACS:ED study aims to understand how chest pain of a suspected cardiac origin is investigated in the Emergency Department. We will be examining different investigative strategies for evaluating this condition.

We will also be examining the prevalence of patients experiencing a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction) and the distribution of alternative diagnoses found in this group of patients presenting to the emergency department.

The Data

We will collect anonymised data such as your age and gender from your medical records, information about bloods results & the results of your heart-tracing, and what the doctor treating you thought was wrong with you.

We will also be collecting some data from the emergency department about how they investigate and manage these patients as a group.

The Benefits

This research will examine the different diagnostic strategies for investigating cardiac chest pain and how common different diagnoses are. This will impact how we look after these patients in the future.

Through this work we gain an understanding of how common these different conditions are. We will also find out information about the different strategies departments use to investigate these patients.

The Results

The final outcomes from the ACS:ED study will be communicated via presentations in scientific meetings and by peer reviewed publications.

We will aim to publish the results approximately 12 months after completion. We may discuss interim results at academic conferences prior to this.

Study Protocol

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If you are involved in running ACS:ED at one of our sites, click on the button below to access all the relevant documents and training materials. One of your team will have the password, or email us to receive it.

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