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Patients who present with ACS should continually undergo risk stratification throughout their hospitalization. Risk stratification is synonymous with prognosis determination: patients who have the highest risk will also have the poorest prognosis. This process begins at the moment of initial medical contact, proceeds throughout hospitalization and continues thereafter. The process of risk stratification channels intensive medical care to those who are most in need, while reserving more conservative therapy for patients at lower risk. This process is essential since intensive medical care can produce its own side effects. Such side effects may be acceptable in patients at highest risk, although in lower risk populations they will become unattractive.
KeywordsPercutaneous Coronary Intervention Acute Coronary Syndrome Risk Score Risk Stratification Unstable Angina
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