Acute coronary syndrome: assessment and management
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Acute coronary syndrome: assessment and management

Cormac Norton Lecturer in clinical simulation and clinical practice, School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, Mandurah, Australia

Acute coronary syndrome is a serious condition that requires urgent assessment and management. This article outlines the nature of the condition, and discusses its underlying pathophysiology. It discusses three types of acute coronary syndrome: unstable angina, ST elevation myocardial infarction and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction. Research and guidelines are used to guide the reader through approaches to initial nursing assessment and the immediate management of patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome.

Nursing Standard. 31, 29, 61-71. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10754


Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 10 November 2016

Accepted: 16 December 2016