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Acute coronary syndromes

Acute coronary syndromes

From this pharmacy CPD module on acute coronary syndromes you will learn about the:

  • Differences between unstable angina, NSTEMI and STEMI
  • Role of atherosclerosis in acute coronary syndromes
  • Symptoms and diagnosis of acute coronary syndromes
  • Treatments that exist for the immediate management of these conditions

Download this module - this includes the 5 minute test - here.

Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) is an umbrella term which encompasses a range of cardiovascular conditions, including:

  • unstable angina (UA)
  • ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)
  • non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI)

In the UK, ACS are considered one of the major causes of premature death in adults, although incidence rates are decreasing. STEMI is defined by an atherosclerotic plaque rupture, which leads to thrombosis (formation of a blood clot) and myocardial ischaemia (blocked blood supply to

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