Experts in emergency cardiac care from around the world met recently to discuss ways to improve outcomes in patients with acute cardiac disease with the key message that time saves lives. This was the first annual meeting of the newly launched Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology. Professor Tom Quinn, Professor of Cardiac Nursing at Coventry University and member of the ACCA Board, said: “Calling for help early results in early diagnosis and doctors and nurses can decide on the best treatment. Most of these treatments are highly time-dependent, so the sooner you get into the system, the better your chances of surviving. We talk about the “chain of survival” in cardiac arrest. This applies to patients with severe chest pain, sudden severe breathlessness as to those who fall unconscious.”