You have a problem called angina. Angina happens when there is not enough blood flow to your heart muscle. Angina is a sign of coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD occurs when blood vessels that supply the heart become narrowed. Having CAD increases your risk of a heart attack.
Chest pain or pressure is the most common symptom of angina. But some people have other symptoms, like:
Women are somewhat more likely than men to have angina symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, and back or jaw pain.
Angina can be dangerous. That's why it is important to pay attention to your symptoms. Know what is typical for you, learn how to control your symptoms, and understand when you need to get treatment.
A change in your usual pattern of symptoms is an emergency. It may mean that you are having a heart attack.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: December 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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