Topic: Acute coro
Ezetimibe (Ezetrol®), which is used to treat hypercholesterolaemia in combination with a statin, has been granted a new indication by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The drug is now also indicated to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with coronary heart disease and a history of acute coronary syndrome when added to ongoing statin therapy or started with a statin.
Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) include common and high-risk conditions such as unstable angina, which can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in women, the elderly and diabetics. Early identification and appropriate management can significantly reduce the risk of death, morbidity and subsequent hospital admissions. This article aims to clarify what happens in ACS, how they present and how they should be managed.
Troponins are now measured routinely in patients with acute chest pain in most hospitals in the UK. Studies have confirmed that they represent a marker of risk for subsequent cardiac events in most patients. In this article we explore what troponins are, why they may increase in acute coronary syndromes, how they are measured and how likely they are to be used in the future.
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