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Analysing and improving a rapid-access chest pain clinic

Angina pectoris is a common, disabling, chronic cardiac condition. It is estimated that there are about 338,000 new cases per year in the UK (British Heart Foundation, 2004). People with coronary heart disease are at risk of myocardial infarction, death or other vascular events. The National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease (Department of Health, 2000) requires that new cases of chest pain suspected to be due to angina should be assessed by a specialist within two weeks ...

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