Care of non-ST-segment elevation patients: insights from the CRUSADE national quality improvement initiative

Am Heart J. 2004 Nov;148(5 Suppl):S34-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2004.09.013.


Acute coronary syndromes (ACS), including non-ST-segment elevation (NSTE) ACS, represent a significant source of morbidity and mortality in the United States. To address this widespread, serious health problem, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) published guidelines for the treatment of NSTE ACS, which include unstable angina (UA) and NSTE myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). These ACC/AHA guidelines are intended to help physicians make appropriate decisions when diagnosing and treating patients with NSTE ACS.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Angina, Unstable / mortality
  • Angina, Unstable / therapy*
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Electrocardiography
  • Emergency Treatment / standards
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myocardial Infarction / mortality
  • Myocardial Infarction / therapy*
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Sex Factors
  • Troponin / blood
  • United States


  • Troponin