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.

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Causes

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.

Symptoms

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
About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve is a health and wellness enthusiast and started working on Organic Facts since 2012 and is currently responsible for managing it. She follows naturopathy and believes in healing with foods. 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. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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