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Doctor insights on: Chest Pain Angina Pectoris

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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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Can you have unstable angina and not have chest pain?

Can you have unstable angina and not have chest pain?

Yes;not=conventional: view because BOTH defined as "symptoms" perceived by person. Yet arterial disease typically present in 1/2 US population by later childhood, though no symptoms for decades because arteries enlarge at plaque locations, ischemia due to plaque rupture, debris+clots & most ischemic events are asymptomatic despite progressive damage: heart, brain & body wide leading to CHF, dementia, etc. in future. ...Read more

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Chest pain comes and goes, same spot, always a twinge when stressed. Early or mild angina?

Probably not: Angina doesn't occur in a localized "spot" and typically patients will press their fist against their mid sternum and report a sensation of heaviness or pressure "like someone pressing down" on them. The words twinge and spot suggest a muscular cause. Depending on your specifics, though, it's never a bad idea to discuss this with your doctor and get a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

Many people with chest pain fear a heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain. Some causes are not dangerous to your health, while other causes are ...Read more