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September 23, 2009

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Acute coronary syndrome, or ACS, describes any condition characterized by signs and symptoms of sudden myocardial ischemia. It is the umbrella term for unstable angina, non-ST-segment elevation MI (NSTEMI), and ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI). These three conditions differ with regard to duration, severity, and treatments. Here are some of the key differences:

  • Unstable angina and NSTEMI normally result from a partially or intermittently occluded coronary artery, whereas STEMI results from a fully occluded coronary artery.
  • Signs and symptoms are generally longer in duration and more severe with NSTEMI than unstable angina.
  • Cardiac biomarkers are elevated with STEMI and NSTEMI, but not with unstable angina.
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Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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Here's a handy chart of the normal values of thyroid function tests!

Normal range for adults
0.4 to 4 mIU/L
Total T4
4.5 to 11.2 µg/dL
Free T4
0.9 to 1.7 ng/dL
Total T3
100 to 200 ng/dL
Free T3
260 to 480 pg/dL







Learn more about these laboratory tests by reading DECIPHERING DIAGNOSTICS: Deciphering Thyroid Function Testing.


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