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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is acute coronary syndrome during pregnancy?

In a nutshell, the term acute coronary syndrome (ACS) corresponds to what people call a heart attack in colloquial terminology. Classically, the term ACS has encompassed three categories of coronary artery conditions, known as unstable angina, non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), and ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). More recently, the first two categories have been combined into a category called non–ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) because the management is essentially the same, and because the transition from unstable angina and NSTEMI involves a progression of change involving the wall of the affected artery. In contrast, STEMI entails more clinical differences. Here, we will distinguish NSTEMI and unstable angina only for the sake of explaining the progression of severities of the disease process underlying ACS. Still, we’ll consider NSTE-ACS as a single category when we discuss the treatments that you would receive if you have the condition.


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