Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) is an umbrella term used to describe a number of conditions resulting from a sudden insufficient blood supply to the heart, including unstable angina and heart attack.
Risk factors for ACS include age, family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking, among others.
The treatment plan for ACS will vary depending on the individual and the nature of their illness. Often, several different types of tests, procedures and medications are involved in treating cardiovascular diseases like ACS, so it is important that patients learn about their condition, ask questions of their care team and understand the medications they’re taking and the procedures they are undergoing.
Patients can also contribute a great deal to their treatment plan, by following their doctors advice and taking heart-healthy steps like living smoke-free, being physically active, controlling their blood pressure and eating a healthy diet.
National Center for Biotechnology Information. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
World Health Organization: WHO. (www.who.int)