Ischemic heart disease constitutes the leading cause of death in Western countries. The general incidence of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), especially non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), is growing. Advanced age is both a strong risk factor for ACS and an independent predictor of poorer clinical outcomes. Management of this entity is often complex in the elderly, while special attention should be focused on comorbidities and geriatric conditions. This article aims to review clinical presentation, identification and management of NSTEMI in the elderly population.