The publications and resources included in this section are intended for clinicians and hospital administrators who are involved in managing patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
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.
Formerly known as the Society of Chest Pain Centers, the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care will focus on facility accreditation and certification for Chest Pain Centers, Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS), Heart Failure (HF), and Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib). In addition, SCPC will provide certification for Chest Pain Center Coordinators, nurses, administrators and Chief Financial Officers looking to be compliant with CMS guidelines for Quality, Cost and Customer Satisfaction.