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Prev Cardiol. 2002 Winter;5(1):16-22.

The chest pain center strategy for delivering community heart attack care by shifting the paradigm of heart attack care to earlier detection and treatment.

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St. Agnes HealthCare, Baltimore, MD 21229, USA.


Heart attack remains the number one health problem in the United States and throughout the world. It has been that way for more than 100 years. Unless we change our course, heart attack will continue to exert its horrendous casualties, not only in the United States but also throughout the world. Our present strategy in dealing with this problem needs both leadership and a change in direction. In an effort to search "outside the box" for the solution to this problem, this symposium is a call to action that challenges us to approach the heart attack problem with a mindset bent on winning this war against heart disease, and not coexisting and accepting the problem as an inescapable fate.

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