Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a group of cardiac diagnoses along a spectrum of severity due to the interruption of coronary blood flow to the myocardium, which in decreasing severity are:
- ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)
- non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (non-STEMI)
- unstable angina
Stable angina is not considered an ACS.
Of all patients who present to emergency departments with symptoms of ACS, only 20-25% will have ACS confirmed as their discharge diagnosis 1,2.
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