Acute Coronary Syndrome

Patient-Reported Symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome in Prehospital Cardiac Care

Principal InvestigatorJessica Zègre-Hemsey, PHD, RN1
Funded by: National Institute of Nursing Research | K23 Grant

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a condition brought on by a sudden reduction or blockage of blood flow to the heart, is a potential life-threatening emergency that depends on rapid diagnosis and life-saving reperfusion therapies to prevent devastating outcomes such as heart failure and sudden cardiac death.

Patient-reported symptoms and early physiological changes (e.g., ECG) have not yet been well described in the period leading up to hospitalization. This research will provide new insight about symptoms and ECG very early in ACS and their association with patient and clinical outcomes, which can then inform the development of new interventions for better clinical decision-making and long-term outcomes for this vulnerable population.