Acute Coronary Syndrome
Monday, September 22, 2008

Acute coronary syndrome is an umbrella term used to cover a group of symptoms related to chest pain due to insufficient blood supply to the heart. Dr. Ed Hill takes a closer look at these symptoms and how you should respond to them in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Acute coronary syndrome is used to describe a group of conditions resulting from acute myocardial ischemia, or insufficient blood flow to the heart. These can range from unstable angina to myocardial infarction, also known as a heart attack.

The conditions are related to varying degrees of narrowing or blockage of single or multiple coronary arteries that provide blood, oxygen and nutrients to the heart.

Coronary artery disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States.

Symptoms of acute coronary syndromes include chest pain, upper body discomfort, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea and light-headedness

Standard treatments for coronary artery blockage may include placement of stents within narrowed blood vessels or heart surgery for bypass grafting of blocked vessels.

There are ways to reduce your risk of coronary artery disease.

∑ Donít smoke

∑ Control your blood pressure

∑ Exercise on a regular basis

∑ Eat a healthful diet

∑ Maintain a reasonable body weight

∑ Ask your doctor about taking a low dose of aspirin each day

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Ed Hill.