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Plavix(R) Indications Expanded in Japan to Include Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome for Whom Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Is Being Planned
Date:10/21/2007

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About Acute Coronary Syndrome

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is an umbrella term used to describe a group of clinical diagnoses caused by narrowing of the coronary arteries and covers any group of clinical symptoms compatible with acute myocardial ischemia, caused by an imbalance between myocardial oxygen supply and demand from coronary artery disease.

Unstable angina, non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (myocardial infarction which does not show ST elevation in ECG), and acute myocardial infarction are considered to be the series of the pathological condition referred to as acute myocardial ischemia as the clinical syndrome. These three symptoms and sudden cardiac death are collectively referred to as acute coronary syndrome.

Immediate treatment is required for all ACS. The treatment approach is multifaceted and aims to try and protect the affected heart muscle from further damage, reinstate blood flow through the artery and reduce the heart's demand for oxygen. Restoration of blood to the heart (reperfusion) can be achieved either via the use of certain drugs (fibrinolytics), used to break down blood clots, or mechanically by surgery (i.e. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)]. Pharmacological options for the treatment ACS include the use of antiplatelet agents to help prevent platelets from sticking together and forming clots, and anticoagulants to prevent blood clotting. Anticoagulants prevent clots from growing and new ones from forming, but they do not dissolve clots.

About Atherothrombosis

Atherothrombosis is the underlying cause of life-threatening events such as heart attacks and ischemic s
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