Acute coronary syndromes refer to any constellation of clinical symptoms compatible with acute myocardial ischemia which may be life-threatening.
It encompasses unstable angina, non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).
Unstable angina is the ischemic discomfort that presents without persistent ST-segment elevation on ECG and without the presence of cardiac markers in the blood.
Non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction is diagnosed if cardiac markers are positive with ST-segment depression or with nonspecific or normal ECGs.
The patient typically presents with ischemic-type chest pain that is severe and prolonged and may occur at rest or may be caused by less exertion than previous episodes.
Use of aspirin in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with no prior CVD history yields protection against the risks of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and ischaemic stroke, but at the expense of an increase of similar magnitude in the incidence of major bleeding, according to the results of a recent meta-analysis presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2019 in Paris, France.
A comprehensive model of care delivered by nonphysician health workers (NPHWs), involving primary care physicians and families that was informed by local context, substantially improved blood pressure (BP) control and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, according to results of the HOPE 4 trial reported at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2019 and World Congress of Cardiology (WCC) 2019.