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Dr. Mary Callahan
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Unstable Angina (Overview)

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 exertion, often at rest.


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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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Dr. Mary Callahan
116 doctors shared insights

Unstable Angina (Overview)

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 exertion, often at rest.


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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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Improving Heart Health (Tip)

Improving Heart Health

Angina can feel like indigestion but it is much more serious. ...See more

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Living with Angina (Checklist)

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Get blood pressure under control
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45y, f having rapid heartbeat and high BP sometimes, diagnosis unstable angina II b, in angiography test having mild coronary artery disease. Need advise?

45y, f having rapid heartbeat and high BP sometimes, diagnosis unstable angina II b, in angiography test having mild coronary artery disease. Need advise?

Medical treatment : Without significant blockages on catheterization you would fall into a category of medical treatment for your heart problem. This means medication, exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation, diabetes control, high cholesterol treatment, etc. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Tip)

Improving Heart Health

Angina does not always feels like an elephant sitting on your chest, spreading to your left arm. ...See more

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What is the risk associated with patient diagnosed of unstable angina involve in regular exercise?

What is the risk associated with patient diagnosed of unstable angina involve in regular exercise?

Unstable angina: Is by definition unstable ; intervention not exercise is recommended...Are you sure you mean unstable ? ...Read more

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Why unstable angina is a contraindication for stress test?

Why unstable angina is a contraindication for stress test?

Test stop with pain: I presume you are scheduled for an Exercise Stress Test or a Treadmill Test, where an EKG is performed while you walk on a treadmill. In this stress test, the test must be stopped as soon as you experience chest pain. Therefore, the test is not useful (and thus contraindicated) in patients with unstable angina. Less invasive tests such as a nuclear medicine scan may be used instead. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Tip)

Improving Heart Health

If the bloodflow is reduced to the back side of the heart, symptoms are:nausea ; fatigue, not angina. ...See more

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