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
- Shortness of the breath