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[LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE IN ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME]

BECKER Dávid

NOVEMBER 30, 2005

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[Early monitoring and management of patients with acute coronary syndrome takes place in coronary units. Hypertension is one of the main risk factors of the syndrome. Many patients have high blood pressure in the acute situation, and it may be further increased by the acute stress effect. To ensure controllability of blood pressure, intravenously administered nitroglycerine, beta receptor blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, and centrally acting drugs are the medications of choice in the management of acute coronary syndrome.]

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