Acute coronary syndrome and myocardial infarction

The cause of an acute coronary event is almost always a sudden rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque and the subsequent thrombus formation, which results in an abrupt reduction, or complete cessation, of blood flow within the coronary artery. The clinical manifestation of this phenomenon is known as acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and the term covers the following range of diagnoses: ACS without ST elevation Unstable angina (UA) Non ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) See picture .

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