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Definition of a NSTEMI

Subtotal occlusion of coronary arteries leading to myocardial infarction. However there is no ST elevation however there may be T wave inversion or ST depression


Definition of a STEMI

Complete occlusion of a coronary artery causing myocardial infarction associated with an ST elevation


Definition of unstable angina

Chest pain provoked by minimal exercise or at rest caused by atheromatous plaque rupture causing platelet aggregation, lumen narrowing and tissue ischeamia. ST depression/T wave inversion may occur. No rise in troponin or CrK


Clinical features of ACS?

Severe anginal chest pain lasting longer than 20 minutes accompanied with autonomic symptoms of sweating, fatigue, vomiting and nausea. Some patients get pain radiating into back jaw and left arm.


Which patients may not suffer these symptoms as much or at all?

Elderly or poorly controlled/longstanding diabetics


What may you look for on examination?

Pulmonary oedema or systolic murmurs of aortic stenosis or mitral regurgitation


Investigations include what?

12 lead ECG, cardiac enzymes troponin I and T, FBC, BMs, echocardiogram, erect chest radiograph


What are you looking for on the ECG?

Any pathological Q waves, ST elevation, ST depression, T wave inversion. Normal ECG does not exclude ACS.


How long does it take for cardiac enzymes to become detectable?

6 hours


When does troponin I+T peak?

12-24 hours


How long do troponins remain raised?

Up to 14 days post MI


Why are troponins used over the old markers CK and myoglobin?

Troponins have greater sensitivity as a test in the first 6 hours


What are you looking for on a chest radiograph?

Pulmonary oedema as a result of ischeamia and any other diagnosis such as aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm, pneumothorax, PE


What might FBC show in ACS?

Shows if there is any anaemia. You might also test INR, CRP, TFT, RFTs


Lifestyle modification to prevent secondary attack includes what?

Smoking cessation, good glycemic control, hypertension control and cholesterol intake.


If diagnosis of NSTEMI or unstable angina is made what scoring system does NICE recocomment
For risk assessment for 6month mortality?

The GRACE scoring system (age, killip grade of CHF, HR, BP, previous interventions, history of MI etc)


Risk is split up into 3 groups which are?

Low (less than 3%), intermediate (3 to 6%) and high (above 6%)


Immediate management for suspected ACS

Resuscitation as required.
Pain relief: GTN and/or an intravenous opioid (use an antiemetic with opioids).
Single loading dose of 300 mg aspirin unless the person is allergic.
A resting 12-lead ECG - but don't delay transfer to hospital.
Assess oxygen saturation, using pulse oximetry before hospital admission if possible. Give oxygen if oxygen saturation (SpO2) is less than 94% with no risk of hypercapnic respiratory failure; aim for SpO2 of 94-98% (aim for 88-92% for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).


Secondary prevention of an MI if in the last year includes what drugs?

-ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitor
-Dual antiplatelet therapy (aspirin plus a second antiplatelet agent eg clopidogrel)


First two things to do in intial treatment of a STEMI is?

ABC assesment/resus and a 12 lead resting ECG


What do you do after attaching ECG?

Get IV access and take bloods for FBC, U+E, glucose, lipids, cardiac enzymes


You have IV access and an ECG is running, what now?

History of Cardiovascular disease and examine (pulse, BP, JVP, signs of congestive cardiac failure=left send right failure), are there any scars from previous cardiac surgery?) and erect CXR if it won't delay Rx


What else MUST you ask the patient if not in records?

Any contraindications to PCI/fibrinolysis


After the assessment stage what do you give?

300mg of aspirin of not given by paramedics, morphing 5-10mg IV AND anti emetic such as Metaclopramide 10mg IV


The ECG confirms STEMI how soon do you need PCI to be available if it is to be used?

Less than 2 hours then PCI can be performed


You've been told PCI won't be ready for over 2 hours, what do you do?

Give fibrinolysis and transfer to PCI centre in case it is unsuccessful and rescue PCI needed or angiography


Your patient stabilises what should the patient do now?

Bed rest for 48hours with continuous ECG monitoring
Daily examination and bloods
Warfarin may give LMWH for the first 3-5 days until it kicks in
Aspirin 75mg
Same drugs for secondary management


When are patients followed up?

5 weeks for examination, exercise tolerance test and treatment eg CABG/angiography if necessary

3 months to check fasting lipids


When might you do a CABG instead of a PCI?

Disease of the left main coronary artery (LMCA).
Disease of all three coronary vessels (LAD, LCX and RCA).
Diffuse disease not amenable to treatment with a PCI.


What are the complications of MI?

Tachyarrythmias esp AF, bradyarrythmias, continuing angina, mitral regurgitation, ventricular septal defect, ventricular anneurysm, cardiac tamponade, cardiogenic shock