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Are Beta Blockers Used To Treat Both Stable And Unstable Angina
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
Is unstable angina controlled by just a beta blocker? Or does it need a combination of beta, ace-inhibitors, calcium blockers, or other?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Do patients with untreated stable angina develop unstable angina leading to myocardial infarction?
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