Chapter

Acute Coronary Syndromes

R. Scott Wright, Stephen L. Kopecky and Joseph G. Murphy

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199915712.003.1253

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Acute Coronary Syndromes

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The leading cause of death in western societies is an acute coronary syndrome. Acute coronary syndrome occurs when there is acute destabilization of a previously stable atherosclerotic plaque within the coronary circulation, usually due to plaque rupture or plaque erosion that results in acute myocardial ischemia. Acute coronary syndrome classification includes four frequently overlapping conditions (unstable angina, ST-elevation myocardial infarction, non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death), each of which are reviewed in this chapter.

Chapter.  8136 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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