Acute Coronary Syndrome
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a term that describes symptoms related to poor blood flow to the heart muscle that lead to a heart attack. This results in chest pain or angina pectoris. ACS is a very serious, life-threatening condition. If you think you have ACS seek immediate medical treatment.
ACS is caused by a sudden blockage of the coronary arteries. These blood vessels carry blood to the heart muscle. The blood flow to the heart muscle is either greatly reduced or completely blocked. This leads to heart muscle damage or death from a heart attack.
The narrowing most often happens from years of plaque build-up in an artery. This is called atherosclerosis. Blood clots may often cause of the narrowing arteries.
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Last reviewedSeptember 2013by Michael J. Fucci, DO
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