Acute Coronary Syndrome: Causes & Symptoms

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You might not know what an acute coronary syndrome is, but there is a very good chance that you’ve heard of a heart attack, which is a type of this syndrome.

What is Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)?

Scientifically speaking, an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is characterized by the blood not being able to flow properly through the body, particularly to the heart. Your heart pumps blood to every part of your body, so this syndrome where blood ceases to pump to the rest of the body can be extremely dangerous, even life-threatening. This condition affects millions of people all over the world and is often one of the leading causes of death in a population.



The primary cause of the acute coronary syndrome is atherosclerosis, which is the thickening of blood vessels and arteries due to the presence of excessive cholesterol in the coronaries.


When blood does not flow properly to the heart, it results in the following symptoms:

  • Severe chest pain
  • Lack of movement or control over one side of the body
  • A locked jaw
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of the breath Protection Status
About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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