The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) receives many guidelines and appraisals on various cardiovascular conditions and treatments. BCS is a stakeholder in guidelines and appraisals produced by organisations such as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, and others. As such, BCS is frequently involved in the writing, reviewing, criticising and modifying of guidelines and appraisals. After publication, BCS formally reviews national and international guidelines and appraisals. As a constituent member, the BCS is required to endorse guidelines produced by the European Society of Cardiology. All of this work is professionally undertaken by BCS members without reward; this work is co-ordinated by the Clinical Standards Division of the BCS. The BCS feels that there is a role for publication of formal reviews of new guidelines and appraisals published by national and international organisations. These reviews are intended to set the place of new guidelines and appraisals in the context of the current management of the relevant cardiovascular condition, and to compare the new guidance with previously published guidelines and appraisals. These reviews are also intended to compare the place of new guidelines and appraisals in the context of national and international differences in the current management of the relevant cardiovascular condition, with specific relevance to cardiovascular practice in the United Kingdom. The BCS and Heart plan to publish these reviews in Heart. The first review below by Hall and Barth relates to the recently published Joint ESC/ACCF/AHA/WHF Task Force for the Redefinition of Myocardial Infarction. We hope that this will be the first of a regular series of reviews of national and international guidelines and appraisals.
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