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ACVC Study Groups

Coronary Artery Disease, Acute Coronary Syndromes, Acute Cardiac Care

The Association for Acute CardioVascular Care (ACVC) has created four expert study groups and a scientific group to advance the science and the writing of consensus, position, guidelines papers in order to increase the ACVC's leadership position in those fields.

Each group is under the supervision of the Chair of the ACVC Research section but has the liberty to recruit experts, and to propose and run its activities.



  • CTACC (Clinical Trials in Acute Cardiovascular Care) - Chaired by Prof. Holger Thiele (DE), this group was created in March 2019. It develops ideas for large-scale clinical projects/trials in acute cardiovascular care to close the current existing gaps in evidence.
  • Biomarkers – Focusing on the proper clinical application of cardiac biomarkers
    Established by Kristian Thygesen (DK) in 2005 within the former working group on Acute Cardiac Care and now chaired by Christian Mueller (SW).
  • Acute Heart Failure - Highlighting unmet needs and areas of uncertainty in the care of acute HF patients.
    Created in May 2013, this group is under the leadership of Josep Masip (ES).
  • Quality Of Care (QoC) - composed of experts focusing on QoC within acute cardiac care situations. The study group is interdisciplinary and international, under the leadership of Prof. Francois Schiele (FR).
  • Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) - Works to improve awareness and understanding of this rare coronary artery disease. This group was created in January 2016 under the leadership of Dr. David Adlam (UK) and Prof. Christiaan Vrints (BE)