Acute Coronary Syndrome. Complications

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    Acute Coronary Syndrome. Complications

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    Acute Coronary Syndrome is a term used to describe the clinical symptoms associated with acute myocardial ischemia, which results from the lack of sufficient blood supply to the heart muscles.

    People who have Acute Coronary Syndrome will usually experience tightness in the chest area that is known to circulate around the chest and spread to the left arm, as well as to the left part of the jaw. Other manifestations of this syndrome include shortness of breath, excessive sweating (diaphoresis), nausea, and vomiting. In some instances, the symptoms may be exhibited in other forms of pain, and may also be asymptomatic, particularly in female patients and patients who have diabetes. Other symptoms may include heart palpitations, extreme anxiety, a feeling of being very ill, and the sensation of imminent doom.

    Some or all of these symptoms may occur at the same time and require immediate medical attention, particularly if they are accompanied with a strong hunch that something is seriously wrong with a person’s heart.

    People who are at risk for Acute Coronary Syndrome are older adults ranging from the average age of 45 years for men and 55 years for women. Those who have been previously diagnosed with high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol are also at risk, as are smokers, people who have unhealthy eating habits, and those who lead sedentary lifestyles with a marked lack of regular physical activity. People with a family history of angina, stroke and heart disease are likewise at risk, as well as patients who suffer from Type 2 diabetes.

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