Acute Coronary Syndrome

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 health care team and understand the medications they're taking and the procedures they are about to undergo..

Patients can also contribute a great deal to their treatment plan, by following their doctors advice and taking heart-healthy steps like quit smoking, be physically active, take medication regularly and maintain a healthy diet.

  1. Mayo Clinic, Acute Coronary Syndrome [Online]. Available from: (Accessed: 5th January, 2015)