Acute Coronary Syndrome

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Acute coronary syndrome is a set of signs and symptoms related to the heart. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this group of conditions in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Acute coronary syndrome is a term used to describe a group of conditions resulting from acute myocardial ischemia, an insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle.

The conditions, which range from unstable angina to myocardial infarction, are related to varying degrees of narrowing or blockage of coronary arteries that provide blood, oxygen and nutrients to the heart.

This life-threatening disorder is a major cause of emergency medical care and hospitalization. Coronary artery disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States.

Symptoms of acute coronary syndromes include:

h Chest pain

h Pain or discomfort in both arms, the back, neck, jaw or abdomen

h Shortness of breath

h Sweating, nausea and light-headedness

There are several ways you can reduce your risk of coronary artery disease, including controlling your blood pressure, not smoking, exercising, eating a healthful diet and lowering your cholesterol.

If you or someone you are with has chest pain, especially with one or more of these other symptoms or signs, call 911. Acute coronary syndrome patients can benefit from immediate medical care.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.