Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a syndrome (set of signs and symptoms) due to decreased blood flow in the coronary arteries such that part of the heart muscle is unable to function properly or dies. The most common symptom is chest pain, often radiating to the left shoulder or angle of the jaw, crushing, central and associated with nausea and sweating. Many people with acute coronary syndromes present with symptoms other than chest pain, particularly, women, older patients, and patients with diabetes mellitus.Previous ACS-Surveys and Snapshot within the Euro Heart Survey Programme showed gaps between recommendations by guidelines and their implementation into clinical practice. In addition wide variations in the treatment of STEMI between countries have been noticed, especially in the use of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI Chest pain or discomfort.