NSTE-ACS: Do You Know Your Facts?

Written on behalf of the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute Education Group

A 60-year-old male smoker is admitted to your hospital service with classic angina, ST-segment depression on the electrocardiogram, and minimally elevated troponin. A cardiac catheterization is ordered. On rounds with the resident staff, a few questions come up regarding treatment of patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS).

Which of the following statements about NSTE-ACS is true?

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