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.
- 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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