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  1. 0 Does anyone know the difference between Acute Coronary Syndrome and Coronary Artery Disease?
  2. 3 Comments

  3. Visit  Nurse_ profile page
    #1 0
    ACS and CAD are used interchangeably. CAD is asymptomatic, usually treated with statin meds while ACS presents with unstable/stable angina and can usually precedes MI.
  4. Visit  MendedHeart profile page
    #2 0
    I look at it like this...
    Hyperlipidemia, smokung, genetics cause CAD. When the CAD gets bad enough before intervention, and the Coronary arteries become occluded causing ischemia to the heart muscle usually angina present, or other symptoms such as diaphoretic, arm pain etc..
    I associate Acute MI with Acute Coronary Syndrome
  5. Visit  delphine22 profile page
    #3 0
    I consider CAD to be chronic. ACS is acute (it's in the name): acute MI/STEMI/NSTEMI. Our facility usually reserves that term for STEMI, not NSTEMI, though I can't really say why. We don't use it very often anyway, we jsut say what happened.