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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000351508.39509.e2
Feature Article

Acute Coronary Syndrome

Overbaugh, Kristen J. MSN, RN, APRN-BC

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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.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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