Title

Introduction: Acute coronary syndrome and echocardiography

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

12-1-2009

Journal

Echocardiography in Acute Coronary Syndrome: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

DOI

10.1007/978-1-84882-027-2_1

Abstract

The last couple of decades have witnessed remarkable progress in the understanding of pathophysiology of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This, in turn, has led to advances in imaging diagnosis and therapeutic options. Discovery of benefits of aspirin and thrombolytics was paralleled by the arrival of the coronary care units in the care of patients undergoing acute coronary syndromes and related arrhythmias. On the diagnostic front the development of noninvasive imaging modalities has achieved remarkable ground by assisting early diagnosis of an acute ischemic event. The hunger for technology was further fuelled by increasing options for invasive as well as medical revascularization. This furthered the need for availability of reliable and accessible modalities which could provide diagnostic as well as prognostic information to further risk stratify patients undergoing an ischemic event. Development of echocardiography paralleled the progress made in ACS. © 2009 Springer-Verlag London.

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