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How is acute coronary syndrome diagnosed?

To determine what’s causing your symptoms, a doctor will take a careful medical history and give you a physical examination. If the doctor suspects an acute coronary syndrome, the following tests will be performed: A doctor will give you a physical exam and ask about your symptoms and past health. He or she also will ask […]

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What causes acute coronary syndrome (ACS)?

The majority of cases are due to there being some narrowing in the blood vessels supplying the heart. This is usually due to the presence of some atheroma within the lining of the artery. Atheroma is like fatty patches or plaques that develop within the inside lining of arteries. (This is similar to water pipes […]

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What happens in acute coronary syndrome (ACS)?

ACS ranges from a heart attack (myocardial infarction) to unstable angina. If you have a heart attack, a coronary artery or one of its smaller branches is suddenly blocked. The part of the heart muscle supplied by this artery loses its blood (and oxygen) supply. This part of the heart muscle is at risk of […]

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What is acute coronary syndrome (ACS)

The term ‘acute coronary syndrome’ covers a range of disorders, including a heart attack (myocardial infarction) and unstable angina, that are caused by the same underlying problem. The underlying problem is a sudden reduction of blood flow to part of the heart muscle. This is usually caused by a blood clot that forms on a […]

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