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How Does Nitroglycerin Work To Relieve Chest Pain
Nitroglycerin: Nitroglycerin relieves cardiac related chest pain by dilating the coronary arteries. These are the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Improving blood flow to heart muscle will relieve the discomfort caused by a partial blockage of the blood vessel with plaque. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What happens if a person having chest pain from a reason not cardiac related takes nitroglycerin tab?
I am on Imdur ER 60mg and Nitroglycerin .4mg. My BP is 80/60... I am having chest pain. Is it safe to take my nitro with that BP?
Lying down: It is surprising to me that a 23 year old would have significant enough coronary artery disease to require these medications. Nitroglycerin will briefly lower your blood pressure more which could be detrimental. If you are lying down when you take it you may not pass out or feel as dizzy. I think you need to confirm the need for these medications with your health care provider. ...Read more
What happens if I go to the ER with low blood pressure after taking nitrostat (pills for chest pain) will it show up in blood work?
No: It will not show up in blood work and it won't show up in your BP either because it wears off in about 10 minutes. ...Read more
Chest pain: If you have chest pain and have taken Nitro without any improvement then you should be seen by a physician right away. You should go to an ER for evaluation. If it is not serious then you can follow with your regular physician, if it is then you will be admitted for further testing, but don't wait. ...Read more
What is a patient's activity order before CABG surgery?...If they are asymptomatic on Tridil but came in through the ER with chest pain/SOB.
Bedrest: The normal order is bed rest - light walking around the hospital room or hallway may be allowed but varies on a case to case basis. ...Read more
I have chest pain. Cleared by Heart MD. ALL other system R/O. Put on Imdur ER and Nitrostat. They are only things that help. Is ok to take long term?
Diagnosis?: U say that ur Heart MD (presumably a Cardiologist) "cleared" you. What does that mean? What is the diagnosis? Do you have Prinzmetal's angina (ie coronary artery spasm with no blockage)? Is it Diffuse Esophageal Spasm, which mimics chest pain? In pts with heart disease (CAD), being on long-term nitrates increase mortality; however, u r young (23) & probably don't have CAD. Again, ask ur "heart MD" ...Read more
I've been taking nitroglycerin for episodes of chest discomfort (was prescribed by cardiologist to see if it helped). I don't notice much relief from it. Does this indicate it's not artery spasms?
Not necessarily: The crucial question you are asking is 'do I have cardiac disease, and is the chest discomfort I am experiencing due to this heart disease'? Ntg test does not do much to help to get to the answer to the question. Further testing needs to be done, such as an echocardiogram (which gives more info about the heart valves), stress testing and angiogram, which tells info about the coronary vessels. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a sharp right sided chest pain. It isn't constant, i experienced once last night and last week after work. The pain usually last for an hour?
Chest wall or lungs: This sounds like costochondritis, an inflammation of the cartilage that connects the ribs to one another and to the breast bone. This condition can causing sharp, knife-like pain at areas in the chest wall;however it does not typically last longer than a few seconds. If you have had a "chest cold" recently, another possibility would be pleuritis, or inflammation of the lung lining. See your doc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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