BLOCK 4: Acute Coronary Syndrome
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Welcome to our block on Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) and its broad range of associated complications. ACS remains a crucial medical emergency, and understanding its intricacies is vital for every healthcare professional. This block is designed to provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of ACS, its management, complications, and the role of emergency care in cardiac situations.

Why is this block important?
ACS represents a spectrum of clinical conditions associated with acute myocardial ischemia. It's a significant cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Timely intervention, accurate diagnosis, and understanding of management techniques can drastically improve patient outcomes.

What can you expect to learn?

  • Cardiology Block 4 Learning Objectives [View Learning Objectives]
  • 4.1: General Concepts in Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). Begin with a foundation in ACS patient care, its therapeutic strategies, risk stratification, and the role of various agents in its management. [Go To Lesson]
  • 4.2: Reperfusion in ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI). Understand the specifics of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, the benefits and contraindications of fibrinolysis, and the comparison between fibrinolysis and PCI. [Go To Lesson]
  • 4.3: Reperfusion in Non-ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (NSTEMI). Delve into the nuances of non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome, from the ischemia-guided strategy to the use of antithrombotic agents. [Go To Lesson]
  • 4.4: Adjunctive Cares in Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). Discover post-ACS patient care, from hospital discharge preparations to medications, comorbidities, and recommended behavioral modifications. [Go To Lesson]
  • 4.5: Mechanical Complications in Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). Learn about potential mechanical complications, from cardiogenic shock to ventricular septal defects, and their management strategies. [Go To Lesson]
  • 4.6: Electrical & Non-Myocardial Complications in Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). Explore the possible electrical complications arising in ACS settings and understand various non-myocardial complications. [Go To Lesson]
  • 4.7: Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Understand cardiac arrest from its definition to the chain of survival, management strategies, and the role of various clinical techniques like PCI and ECPR. [Go To Lesson]
Are you ready?
Upon completing this block, you'll possess an enriched understanding of ACS, its broad spectrum of complications, and the best practices in managing them. This block aims to hone your skills and knowledge to enhance patient care during cardiac emergencies. Join us on this educational journey to decipher the complexities of the heart during its most challenging times. Happy learning!

Nandan Anavekar, MBBCh; Mahmoud Ismayl, MD; Khalid Saeed Al-Asad, MD; Adnan Halboni, MD; Adolfo Martinez Salazar, MD; Anthony Kashou, MD


GCU Education Team
Physician Educators