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Acute Coronary Syndrome

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  • Acute coronary syndrome

     Acute coronary syndrome is a term used for any condition brought on by sudden, reduced blood flow to the heart. Acute coronary syndrome symptoms may include the type of chest pressure that you feel during a heart attack, or pressure in your chest while you're at rest or doing light physical activity (unstable angina).

    Typical symptoms

    • Chest pain (angina) that feels like burning, pressure or tightness, Pain elsewhere in the body, such as the left upper arm or jaw (referred pain), Nausea, Vomiting, Shortness of breath (dyspnea),heavy sweating (diaphoresis).

  • Acute coronary syndrome

    Tests and diagnosis

    Electrocardiogram (ECG), Blood tests, Echocardiogram, Chest X-ray, Nuclear scan, Coronary angiogram (cardiac catheterization), Computerized tomography (CT) angiogram, Exercise stress test.

  • Acute coronary syndrome

     Statistics

    Among 1,090 incident ACS cases (mean±SD age 66.2±14.5, 60% male) identified, 31% were UA and 69% were MI. The standardized rates (per 100,000) of ACS were 247 (95% CI: 215-280) in 2005 and 162 (95% CI: 137-187) in 2010. The incidence of ACS was higher in men than women (figure). The rates for both declined over time but was more pronounced in women than men: RR (95% CI) of ACS in 2010 vs. 2005 for women: 0.52 (0.39-0.68) and for men: 0.70 (0.56-0.88).

     

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