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How does nitroglycerin work to relieve chest pain?

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 more

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Nitroquick (Definition)

Nitroquick is a fast acting Nitroglycerin which dilates the blood vessels around the heart to relieve heart pain or "angina". It comes in both a pump spray and tablet form. There are several cautions when using this medication so always discuss with ...Read more


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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?

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

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What to do if I'm having chest pain on the left side and had nitroquick time2 help?

What to do if I'm having chest pain on the left side and had nitroquick time2 help?

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

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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.

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

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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

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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?

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 more

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How can you relieve chest pain?

How can you relieve chest pain?

CP: Chest pain due to heart diasese is called cardiac chest pain. Causes are depicted in the cartoon. Signs and symptoms and treatment vary with the cause of chest pain. ...Read more

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Nitroglycerin (Definition)

Nitroglycerin dilates the blood vessels around the heart to relieve heart pain or "angina". It comes in both a pump spray and tablet form. There are several cautions when using this medication so always discuss with ...Read more


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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


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