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National Heart Foundation of Australia and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand: Australian clinical guidelines for the management of acute coronary syndromes 2016

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These clinical guidelines have been developed to assist in managing patients presenting with chest pain suspected to be caused by an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and those with confirmed ACS. The development of these guidelines has been informed by reviews of the literature dealing with key aspects of chest pain assessment and ACS care, as well as broad consultation with local opinion leaders, stakeholder groups and the public. The recommendations focus on the core clinical and system-based components of care most associated with improved clinical outcomes. As such, these guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Acute coronary syndromes clinical care standard, developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care,1 and the Australian acute coronary syndromes capability framework, developed by the National Heart Foundation of Australia (NHFA).2 Guidance regarding both the strength of evidence supporting the recommendations and their potential impact on outcomes is provided to assist in informing clinical practice.3,4

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