Acute coronary syndrome


What the students need to do:
. Topic: Students will select a topic of pathophysiological/clinical area of interest to them.
. Lit Rev: Select at least 5 relevant peer-reviewed published articles in research journals.
. Reading: Read them and write a scholarly article in your own words.
. Typing: Use Microsoft Word (12 pt. font, Times New Roman), double-spaced with 1" margins on all sides. NO *.pdf files. No *.txt files.
. Title Page: (one page)
. Abstract: a short abstract ( One page)
. Main Body: 12 pages total max. And use the following headings:
i. Introduction (2 pages)
ii. Pathophysiology (8 pages)
iii. Assessment and Intervention (2 pages)
iv. References.
. Help: The course coordinator will assist in selection of topic, research, and provide tips about writing of the paper at the request of individual students.
. Electronic Submission: No hard copy is needed. Submission will be through a website by the deadline. The course coordinator will set a site up at at appropriate date during the semester.
The site checks for possible copy match of the submitted article against any articles written previously on the topic. It provides a match percentage to let you know how much your text matches something written previously.
. Revised submissions: If the match percentage is above 25%, you may edit your article and then resubmit, and overwrite your previous submission before the deadline.
. Late submission: A prorated cut in 5 points per day will be deducted.
. Grading: The coordinator will read the article, and grade it according to the rubric given below. (Follow the rubric during your writing)
Term Paper Rubric for Main Body: (Headings to be used in writing the paper)
Grade Points
Introduction: (2 page max)
1. Short description of the disorder
2. Why you are interested in the process/topic.
3. What is the Incidence, etiology
(7 points for relevant material; 3 points for clarity, conciseness, flow in writing)
10 (7+3)
(7 points for material, 3 for writing)
Pathophysiology: (8 pages max)
A. Collect five original published articles and base your description of pathophysiology in depth on the data presented therein.
B. Following topics should be covered: (points per section are given)
1. Molecular and cellular processes involved in development of the disorder (30+10),
2. Clinical presentation, including signs and symptoms of the disorder (5+5);
3. possible complications and sequelae (5+5)).

(40 points: material, 20 for writing)
Assessment and Intervention: Based on pathophysiological principles: (2 page max)
1. Diagnostic tests used
2. Identify interventions.

(this section will include lab data, diagnostic tests.).
20 (15+5)
(15 points for material, 5 for writing)
APA formatting of text and References. 10


Acute coronary syndrome is caused by lack of adequate blood in the heart. In particular, the condition occurs when the coronary arteries are blocked hence limiting their ability to supply oxygenated blood to the heart muscles. Unstable angina refers to the chest discomfort that is caused by the lack of enough blood flow. Unstable angina is more severe compared to stable angina but less severe than myocardial infarction. Unstable angina which is also known as the angina pectoris is characterized by pain in the chest. When the left anterior descending artery is occluded, the walls of the left ventricle, the interventricular septum and other parts are affected. When the right coronary artery is affected the right atrium and the left ventricle become ischemic. On the other hand, when the circumflex artery is occluded the left ventricle, atrium, fasciculus, and the bundle branches become ischemic.