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Acute coronary syndromes: the importance of secondary prevention

Matias B Yudi, Andrew Ajani

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Abstract

Managing patients with acute coronary syndromes extends well beyond hospitalisation with the index event. It is essential to recognise the importance of secondary prevention as patients with acute coronary syndromes experience higher mortality and morbidity and are at high risk of future cardiovascular events. GPs play a crucial role in optimising secondary prevention to ensure these patients receive the best possible cardiac care.

Key Points

  • Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are associated with increased mortality and morbidity.
  • It is essential to continue optimal ACS care after patients have been discharged from hospital.
  • Secondary prevention strategies focus on six key themes.
  • Optimising secondary prevention measures ensure the risk of future cardiovascular events is decreased.
  • GPs play an integral role in patient care after ACS.

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