What does ACS mean in Physiology?
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What does ACS mean?
- Acute coronary syndrome
- Acute coronary syndrome refers to any group of symptoms attributed to obstruction of the coronary arteries. The most common symptom prompting diagnosis of ACS is chest pain, often radiating of the left arm or angle of the jaw, pressure-like in character, and associated with nausea and sweating. Acute coronary syndrome usually occurs as a result of one of three problems: ST elevation myocardial infarction, non ST elevation myocardial infarction, or unstable angina. These types are named according to the appearance of the electrocardiogram as non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction and ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. There can be some variation as to which forms of myocardial infarction are classified under acute coronary syndrome. ACS should be distinguished from stable angina, which develops during exertion and resolves at rest. In contrast with stable angina, unstable angina occurs suddenly, often at rest or with minimal exertion, or at lesser degrees of exertion than the individual's previous angina. New onset angina is also considered unstable angina, since it suggests a new problem in a coronary artery.