Management of elderly patients with a non-ST-segment-elevation acute coronary syndrome

Neth Heart J. 2017 Jul;25(7-8):409-415. doi: 10.1007/s12471-017-1002-3.


Elderly patients with an acute coronary syndrome are underrepresented in randomised controlled trials. Neither the European Society of Cardiology nor the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology acute coronary syndrome guidelines provide specific recommendations for elderly patients. However, elderly patients are at higher thrombotic and bleeding risk compared with younger patients leading to difficulties in choosing the optimal treatment. In this review, we discuss the uncertainties we encounter in treating elderly patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome and suggest treatment options based on the existing literature.

Keywords: Acute coronary syndrome; Aged; Coronary angiography; Elderly; Percutaneous coronary intervention; Platelet aggregation inhibitors.

Publication types

  • Review