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Secondary prevention after acute coronary syndromes: the GP’s role

SINJINI BISWAS, DION STUB, ANDREW E. AJANI

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Abstract

In patients who have survived an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), optimal secondary prevention is crucial to minimise morbidity and mortality. Although secondary prevention starts during the index hospital admission, GPs have a key role in ensuring it is instituted and maintained, and in supporting patients so that they have the best chance of long-term survival.

Key Points

  • Although survival after acute coronary syndrome (ACS) has improved, ACS is still associated with significant morbidity and mortality.
  • Secondary prevention is crucial to minimising the risk of future cardiovascular events after ACS.
  • Secondary prevention measures extend beyond pharmacological therapy alone and patients may benefit from the input of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Support of a GP is crucial to achieving long-term success in secondary prevention therapy.

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