Acute coronary syndrome

Kristen J. Overbaugh

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Abstract

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is the umbrella term for the clinical signs and symptoms of myocardial ischemia: unstable angina, non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. This article further defines ACS and the conditions it includes; reviews its risk factors; describes its pathophysiology and associated signs and symptoms; discusses variations in its diagnostic findings, such as cardiac biomarkers and electrocardiographic changes; and outlines treatment approaches, including drug and reperfusion therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-52
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Volume109
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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