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Are beta blockers used to treat both stable and unstable angina?

Are beta blockers used to treat both stable and unstable angina?

Yes: Yes, beta-blockers are used to treat both stable and unstable angina as a role in reducing cardiac workload. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Angina (Definition)

Angina is chest pain that is caused by poor blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina is not an actual disease, but rather a symptom of an existing heart problem. Most commonly, this underlying problem is due to an obstruction of the coronary blood vessels that surround the heart. There are different types of angina including stable angina, unstable ...Read more


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Considering the heart need for oxygen, can exercise be helpful to both stable and unstable angina patient?

Considering the heart need for oxygen, can exercise be helpful to both stable and unstable angina patient?

exercise is medicine: The heart extracts the same amount of oxygen at rest or exercise. What the heart needs is more flow which is why blocked up arteries cause chest pain/heart attacks. One way to increase flow is to exercise to build up the bodies ability to recruit blood flow when needed. You should not exercise while you have unstable angina until it is controlled though. In stable angina exercise it great. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between stable and unstable angina?

I want to know what is the difference between stable and unstable angina?

Angina: Stable angina is reproduce able by the same amount of exercise. Unstable angina is when the amount of exercise to produce angina progressively decreases or it happens at rest. ...Read more

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What are stable and unstable angina and myocardial infarction, and links to other infomration?

What are stable and unstable angina and myocardial infarction, and links to other infomration?

Continuum: Angina can be quite severe and respond to rest, oxygen, nitroglycerin. And fully recover with no muscle death. The pain fibers are the same source. Some myocardial infarction can be asymptomatic all the way to the worst, ominous, pain ever! there is heart muscle death as the defining entity may need surgery or intervention. ...Read more

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Sometimes it happens with less effort some other with more. Is this stable or unstable angina?

Sometimes it happens with less effort some other with more. Is this stable or unstable angina?

If it is getting: worse then it is unstable. With less effort, more area, lasting longer, having more shortness of breath etc. These are bad signs implying a need to seek immediate medical attention ...Read more

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Is there a way to clinically differentiate unstable angina and stable angina without investigation? If so, how?

Is there a way to clinically differentiate unstable angina and stable angina without investigation? If so, how?

Angina: Stable angina is reproduce able by the same amount of exercise. Unstable angina is when the amount of exercise to produce angina progressively decreases or it happens at rest. ...Read more

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Do patients with untreated stable angina end up developing unstable angina leading to myocardial infarction?

Very likely: The key is untreated. Medical treatment is effective. See your doctor and get treated. ...Read more

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Male,57,diabetic, getting chest pain after 4-5 minutes of walk. pain diminishes on rest within one minute. its stable or unstable angina? treatment?

Male,57,diabetic, getting chest pain after 4-5 minutes of walk. pain diminishes on rest within one minute. its stable or unstable angina? treatment?

Sounds stable : Pain with activity. Relieved by rest. Stable pattern. See your doctor and should set up stress test to see if truly heart related. If you start getting similar discomfort at rest. If it doesn't go away with rest. See someone asap ...Read more

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I've been having a dull type of pain in the center of my chest. Also, what is unstable angina?

It could be from: Your esophagus, lungs, thymus, sternum, and heart, discuss it with your doctor asap. Unstable angina is a provisional impression a physician makes to place a patient to more tests to see if the patient has acute ischemia of the heart muscle! good luck! ...Read more

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Why unstable angina is a contraindication for stress test?

Why unstable angina is a contraindication for stress test?

Test stop with pain: I presume you are scheduled for an Exercise Stress Test or a Treadmill Test, where an EKG is performed while you walk on a treadmill. In this stress test, the test must be stopped as soon as you experience chest pain. Therefore, the test is not useful (and thus contraindicated) in patients with unstable angina. Less invasive tests such as a nuclear medicine scan may be used instead. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a hiatus hernia and an unstable angina?

Very different: Hiatal hernia is a weakness in the diaphragm muscle that may allow a portion of the stomach to go into the chest causing heartburn or esophageal reflux. Unstable angina is a very serious and potentially life threatening condition of impeding heart attack or heart damage from low blood flow to the heart. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute coronary syndrome, unstable angina, and mi?

What is the difference between acute coronary syndrome, unstable angina, and mi?

See below: Acute coronary syndrome or unstable angina usually means chest pain due interruption of blood flow to the heart muscle. Myocardial infarction ( mi) implies damage to the heart muscle due to prolonged interruption of the blood flow to the heart muscle. ...Read more

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What can be done for an unstable angina when the atherosclerotic plaque ruptures?

What can be done for an unstable angina when the atherosclerotic plaque ruptures?

Limited, but this is: what the anticlotting agents (eg. aspirin, clopidogrel, LMW heparins, etc.), the clot destruction TPA agents (including alteplase, reteplase & tenecteplase) & emergency angioplasty are about. Slow clotting, destroy the clots &/or mechanically break up the clots which narrow the artery & block blood flow in an effort to reduce the damage/restore blood flow to the muscle downstream. Yet little&late. ...Read more

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my unstable angina?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my unstable angina?

Rx: Unstable angina: Your regular doctor can help discern if your symptoms are due to unstable angina. If the clinical diagnosis is truly unstable angina, you should be hospitalized urgently to be stabilized and to receive additional evaluation and therapy, often with cardiology consultation. Many diseases mimic unstable angina, but ua if left untreated can progress to heart attack and death. ...Read more

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Could one or more explain unstable angina as I lived a long time with it not suspecting heart decease?

Changing symptoms: Unstable angina usually refers to new chest pain, pain with less activity than before or pain that doesnt go away with rest or usual nitrates. It represents a change in the plaques in your heart and is usually very serious. I doubt you have unstable angina, more likely you have stable angina. Angina is a symptom reflective of atherosclerotic heart disease which means you have it. ...Read more

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Unstable Angina (Definition)

Unstable angina (acute coronary syndrome) " causes unexpected chest pain, and usually occurs while resting. The most common cause is reduced blood flow to the ...Read more