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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 doesn't 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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Is a nstemi the same thing as unstable angina?

Is a nstemi the same thing as unstable angina?

No: Unstable angina and nstemi are now bundled in the term "acute coronary syndrome", they are really different problems. In simple terms a nstemi is a heart attack that has happened already, unstable angina is a heart attack about to happen. Nowadays, both groups of patients are thought to do better with an invasive strategy (angiography and possible angioplasty). ...Read more

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What are the top reasons for getting unstable angina?

What are the top reasons for getting unstable angina?

Heart disease.: Unstable angina is usually due to a plaque rupture which limits the blood flow to an area of the heart. This is caused by increase in the size of the plaque or, elevated blood pressure or increased heart rate which make the narrowing more likely to occlude the artery. This causes a change in the usual angina, or the onset of new angina or cardiac chest pain. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with unstable angina?

What are the symptoms associated with unstable angina?

Chest pain: Chest pain not relieved by rest. Please note that there are many instances of atypical presentations and it may range from vague feeling of discomfort, pressure on chest, shortness of breath, anxiety, sweating, feeling of impending doom, nausea vomiting. If you suspect unstable angina, get to an er asap, call 911. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Unstable angina?

What is the definition or description of: Unstable angina?

Unstable angina: Unstable angina (acute coronary syndrome) " causes unexpected chest pain, and usually occurs while resting. The most common cause is reduced blood flow to the heart muscle." REF: http://www. Heart. Org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/DiagnosingaHeartAttack/Unstable-Angina_UCM_437513_Article. Jsp#.WT2aBfnyuM8 ...Read more

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What are the symptoms are characteristic of unstable angina?

Chest pain: Chest pain not relieved by rest. Please note that there are many instances of atypical presentations and it may range from vague feeling of discomfort, pressure on chest, shortness of breath, anxiety, sweating, feeling of impending doom, nausea vomiting. If you suspect unstable angina, get to an er asap, call 911. ...Read more

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What is the difference between unstable angina and stemi / non-stemi?

What is the difference between unstable angina and stemi / non-stemi?

Several: Unstable angina is when chest pain coming from the heart increases in frequency, severity and/or intensity over the last couple of month. If pain is severe and lasts for over 20-30 minutes and pt shows in ER, The EKG may show specific changes (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction = STEMI) or subtle or no changes and the heart attack is diagnosed with blood tests (NSTEMI= non-ST elevationMI ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between stable and unstable angina?

I want to know what is the difference between stable and unstable angina?

Angina: Stable angina is reproduce able by the same amount of exercise. Unstable angina is when the amount of exercise to produce angina progressively decreases or it happens at rest. ...Read more

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Do people with unstable angina have a lot of pain?

Do people with unstable angina have a lot of pain?

No, but.: Many people deny 'pain' with angina. It is described as a 'twinge', pressure, more rarely as a sharp knife like pain. Regardless, angina suggests that circulation is not adequate to portions of the heart, and is a warning that heart attack may occur. Have it checked, control your risk factors, consider treatments recommended.. ...Read more

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Sometimes it happens with less effort some other with more. Is this stable or unstable angina?

Sometimes it happens with less effort some other with more. Is this stable or unstable angina?

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

Dr. Mary Callahan
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Unstable Angina (Definition)

Unstable angina (acute coronary syndrome) " causes unexpected chest pain, and usually occurs while resting. The most common cause is reduced blood flow to the heart muscle." REF: ...Read more