The condition and the treatment

Acute coronary syndrome is the name given to a group of heart problems including unstable angina and two types of heart attack (non‑ST‑segment‑elevation myocardial infarction and ST‑segment‑elevation myocardial infarction).

Percutaneous coronary intervention is a procedure to widen a blocked or narrowed artery. It uses a balloon to stretch open the artery, this is called 'angioplasty'. A tiny wire‑mesh tube, called a stent, is inserted into the artery during the procedure. The stent is left in place permanently to help keep the artery open.

Prasugrel is a drug that can reduce or prevent the formation of blood clots in arteries. It can be used for people with acute coronary syndromes who are having percutaneous coronary intervention.

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