How do you know if you are having a heart attack or it's just "angina" pain?

Classically. Angina pectoris =substernal pressure, pain with radiation to the neck or left or right arm and shoulder. Some will have abdominal pain-and be confused with gallbladder or stomach symptoms. Ladies seem to have less classic// or tolerate pain better than men. Relief with Nitroglycerin is very suggestive. A feeling of impending doom, pallor, sweating suggest a bad day!
Pain on exertion/aft. Angina is a chest pain, due to ischemia of heart muscle due to obstruction or spasm of coronary artery. Caused by atherosclerosis of artery leading to the heart.Angina pain comes after exercise or physical activity or strong emotion and lasts less than 5mts.But it can lead to unstable angina at rest and angina lasting more than 15 minutes and at rest as in heart attack pain may be in neck, jaw , arm.

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How to determine if I am having a heart attack or it's just "angina"?

Chest pain. "angina" is the medical term for pain that comes from a lack of blood flow to the heart. A "heart attack" is heart damage that results from said lack of blood flow. Frequently, the two go hand in hand, meaning angina can precede a heart attack. Many times, angina goes away with rest, and typically a heart attack pain does not go away. Either way, if you get chest pain, see a doctor right away. Read more...
Classically. Angina pectoris =substernal pressure, pain with radiation to the neck or left or right arm and shoulder. Some will have abdominal pain-and be confused with gallbladder or stomach symptoms. Ladies seem to have less classic// or tolerate pain better than men. Relief with Nitroglycerin is very suggestive. A feeling of impending doom, pallor, sweating suggest a bad day! Read more...

How do you know if you are having a heart attack or it's "angina"?

EKG, Cardiac Markers. There is no foolproof way to tell the difference without er/hospital studies - generally if one has a history of angina and it isn't resolving with rest or nitrates or has a different character (more intense or with accomp. Pain elsewhere or nausea/sweating) -- it may be a heart attack and he/she should get to the er right away. New chest pain should always be eval'd right away. Time is tissue! Read more...

Does angina increases the odds of heart attack? If I had an angina attack over the weekend, does that mean I'm at increased risk of having a heart attack?

If . If you experience angina at rest, or are developing it frequently with minimal exertion, then you are having what is called unstable angina. This does mean you are at an increased risk for having a heart attack, and you should be evaluated immediately. Unstable angina falls in a category of what are called acute coronary syndromes. Unstable angina indicates that atherosclerotic plaques in the artery may be unstable and at risk of rupturing and completely blocking the artery. If this occurs, this causes a heart attack. You should contact your cardiologist's office for further direction, or if experiencing unstable angina after hours then you should be evaluated in an emergency room. Read more...
Very possibly. Heart attack risk increases when angina accelerates. If your angina is occurring with increased frequency, duration, severity or occurs at a lower workload, you should see your doctor as your risk is increased. If your angina came on over the weekend doing something that always causes it, your risk is unchanged. Read more...

Does angina usually follow a heart attack? I'm a male in his 40's who had a mild heart attack a few months ago. Ever since I have been having frequent to infrequent angina attacks. Is this normal following a mild heart attack?

It . It depends on how much atherosclerosis you have, how your heart attack was treated, your current medication regimen, and how active you are. You should tell your doctor about the circumstances surrounding your angina attacks, so he/she can determine whether you are adequately treated or whether more needs to be done. Angina occurs when there is reduced blood flow to the heart muscle during increased stress or activity. Some angina might be expected after a heart attack, particularly if you have lots of atherosclerosis and are fairly active. On the other hand, if your angina is provoked easily or even at rest, this is concerning and you should be evaluated immediately. Keep in mind that angina can also improve or completely resolve as time passes and the heart develops new blood vessels called 'collaterals.'. Read more...

Can having a lot of stress causes you to have a silent heart attack or just angina?

Both, if.... If you have coronary disease (blockages in your coronary arteries), stress can cause your heart to pump harder and faster, outstripping its limited blood supply, resulting in angina. If prolonged, permanent damage can result (heart attack). If your heart is normal, stress cannot cause angina or a heart attack. Read more...

How do a heart attack and angina differ?

Chest pain. "angina" is the medical term for pain that comes from a lack of blood flow to the heart. A "heart attack" is heart damage that results from said lack of blood flow. Frequently, the two go hand in hand. Read more...
Continuum. Angina can be quite severe and respond to rest, oxygen, nitroglycerin. And fully recover with no muscle death. The pain fibers are the same source. Some myocardial infarction can be asymptomatic all the way to the worst, ominous, pain ever! there is heart muscle death as the defining entity may need surgery or intervention. Read more...