Introduction to Acute Coronary Syndrome

Being told you have acute coronary syndrome (ACS) can be confusing. You most likely got this diagnosis when you took a trip to the emergency room because you thought you were having a heart attack. Or maybe you were having unusual pain symptoms.

While you may feel relief that you didn't have a full-blown heart attack, your doctor's diagnosis may have left you with more questions than answers: Am I now at greater risk for having a heart attack? What should I do to take better care of myself? What does this diagnosis mean for my future health?

It's normal to be concerned about ACS. The best thing you can do right now is to find out more about it! Read on to make sense of it all and better understand your options. Then talk with your doctor to figure out the best course of treatment and the best way to care for your heart.