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Acute Coronary Syndrome

 

 
  

What is it?

 

Acute coronary syndrome is an umbrella term for any condition brought on when blood flow to the heart muscle is reduced suddenly. 

 

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How is it diagnosed? 

 

The doctor will take your medical history and give you a physical examination. If the doctor suspects an acute coronary syndrome, usually the following tests will be performed:

  • Blood test
  • An electrocardiogram (ECG) to determine the electrical activity of the heartbeats. 

 

Additonal tests may be ordered by the doctor for further examination of the condition of your heart. 

 

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What are the symptoms? 

 

The symptoms are similar to that experienced during a heart attack. It is important to treat it as soon as possible. You should seek emergency help right away if you experience these symptoms and think you're having a heart attack. 

  • Chest pain
  • Pain in the jaw or upper arm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea/Vomiting
 
 

What is the treatment? 

 
Treatment for acute coronary syndrome varies. It ranges from medications to surgery methods to restore blood flow through your heart. 
 
Medications can help to relieve chest pain and improve blood flow. Some medications your doctor could prescribe to you are aspirins, beta-blockers, cholesterol-lowering drugs etc. Procedures like angioplasty and stenting could also be recommended. Depending on the severity, the doctor could also recommend coronary bypass surgery
 
  

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