Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) occurs when a
plaque inside a coronary artery suddenly ruptures. A blood clot forms and blocks blood
flow to the heart muscle. This deprives the heart of oxygen-rich blood and causes
unstable angina or a heart attack. The amount of time blood flow is blocked and the
extent of heart damage determine which type of ACS occurs. But it is always considered
a life-threatening condition.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology &
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & George J. Philippides, MD, FACC - Cardiology
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