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Can unstable angina last for 24 hours?

Can unstable angina last for 24 hours?

Yes: In unstable angina the biochemical markers of myocardial damage and necrosis(cell death) are not present. One cause is a sudden rupture or crack in a silent atherosclerotic plaque causing blood clots(thrombi) to form which can enlarge to block the artery or can break off and embolize. Patients with 24 hours of chest pain require emergency cardiac catheterization and angioplasty or surgery. ...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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Could one or more explain unstable angina as I lived a long time with it not suspecting heart decease?

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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My father was diagnosed with unstable angina. Nitro in the ER gave him a headache that lasted for days. What can I do to help him? This frightens me!

My father was diagnosed with unstable angina. Nitro in the ER gave him a headache that lasted for days. What can I do to help him? This frightens me!

Nitroglycerine: Nitroglycerine typically causes a bad headache. What you can do is help him interact with his doctor if necessary to understand what's going on with him and what steps he needs to take to help himself. ...Read more

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Will Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or other stimulants cause long term conronary artery spasms or unstable angina?

Will Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or other stimulants cause long term conronary artery spasms or unstable angina?

Less common reports: Cardiovascular palpitations, tachycardia, elevation of blood pressure, sudden death, myocardial infarction. There have been isolated reports of cardiomyopathy associated with chronic amphetamine use. Unstable angina or coronary spasm may existing in patient with preexisting conditions treated on adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). ...Read more

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What is unstable angina?

What is unstable angina?

Ischemic chest pain: Angina is chest discomfort caused by a coronary artery blockage. Unstable angina is angina that: 1) occurs at rest, 2) is increasing in severity or frequency, or 3) is new or recent in onset. ...Read more

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What is unstable Angina?

What is unstable Angina?

Unstable angina: unstable angina is sudden persistent unprovoked chest pain related to coronary artery disease that is not relieved with rest or nitro glycerine. It may also be associated with shortness of breath and low blood pressure. ...Read more

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How should I address unstable angina?

How should I address unstable angina?

Rx unstable angina: Immediate aggressive treatment to prevent final heart attack = angina is the precursor to mi. Angina is when heart oxygenation not able to provide support to the degree of daily activities for the person. A lot of mi heart attack) without even a warning sign of angina. 50% of mi result in immediate death. No time to waste. Sx vary a lot from person to person. Sudden stomach pain sx can be angina. ...Read more

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Does unstable angina require hospitalization?

YES: And likely some sort of revascularization procedure unless one's anantomy is not amenable to stenting or bypass. ...Read more

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Dr. Mary Callahan
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Unstable Angina (Definition)

Unstable angina is a condition where a person experiences chest pain due to impaired blood flow to the heart. When angina is unstable, this pain occurs without ...Read more