Patient Comments: Angina - Diagnosis

How was the diagnosis of your angina established?

Comment from: Obie, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

I gained unstable angina after two stents were put in two arteries going to the heart. Having had this condition for years, I don't know how a doctor can confirm the angina without causing a possible major heart attack. At 70 years old I don't expect a long life expectancy, and doctors have told me I should have passed away years ago. I just wish I could prove to medical professionals that I do have unstable angina.

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Comment from: S R K Rao, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 11

I have been diagnosed as having Angina. I get chest pain very often. On small exertion, I feel breathlessness for some time with heavy sweating. I am taking Ecosprin Av-150 mg daily; but often I get mild pain. Kindly suggest me treatment. My blood pressure is quite normal 120/80. Cholesterol levels are also more or less normal.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male Published: August 22

After having 2 heart attacks at a young age (36) paying attention to chest pain became almost an obsession until I determined I was not going to live like that. I was not going to rush to the ER every time I felt a twinge. My angina was linked to insufficient blood flow to certain parts of the heart. Established with a thallium stress teast. If not for the thallium it would have gone undetected because I had no trouble with the physical part of the stress test.

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Comment from: sunflwrgirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I had surgery on my foot about three weeks ago. The day after my foot surgery, I was at home in bed resting when my chest started to hurt. It felt kind of like indigestion, but the pain was pretty bad, and it kept getting worse. I took some antacid tablets, which did not make the pain go away. The pain was in the middle of my chest and was, on a scale of one to 10, about a seven or eight. The pain lasted off and on for about six hours. It finally subsided after I took a pain pill that I had from my foot surgery. About two weeks later, I was sitting at my desk at work and I had the same kind of "attack." The same symptoms occurred and, again, lasted for about five or six hours. The pain was about as severe as it was the first time and in the middle of my chest. This "attack" also felt a little like indigestion so, once again, I took antacids and, once again, they did not help (I have since learned that the feeling of indigestion is a symptom of angina). I took a pain pill and the pain subsided, but this time the pain came back in a short amount of time and my eyes also "felt funny." I went to the emergency room (by insistence of my daughter). They did an EKG, which came back normal. I spent the night in the hospital and had a stress test the next morning. The stress test came back "abnormal," (although no one told me what the abnormality was) and I was told that I needed to have a heart catheterization to check for blockages. I was scheduled for a heart cath the next morning. The heart cath came back "normal" -- no blockages were found. The doctors diagnosed me with angina. I was told to follow up with my family doctor in a week and to follow up with the heart doctor in one month. I am seeing my doctor tomorrow, and I hope I will get some answers then. I have had some chest pain since my heart cath, but nothing "major" like the previous two episodes.

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Comment from: Tim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 30

I am 57 years old. I am in good physical condition, but I am 25 lbs over weight. I have smoked for 45 years. I quit seven and a half months ago. After sex about 3 months ago. I found myself out of breath to the point I could not catch it back for a minute or so. I thought I was maybe seriously out of shape. I found this to happen with each sexual encounter or while walking briskly. I would have to slow my pace to catch my breath. While at the emergency room for a check up after an accident They said I had angina put me on Flexeril for the neck injury, but wanted me to see my regular doctor. I told my doctor about this shortness of breath and tightness of the chest. He listened to my heart and gave me an EKG. He said he suspected angina and sent me for a stress test and another test. The stress test showed abnormal. The next step was a heart catheterization. That showed one artery about 50% blocked but not a problem by his standards. The rest showed normal. At this point almost $20,000 later we don't know what the Angina is from. I am on Coreg Cr, an 81mg aspirin a day and Isosorbide MN ER that made me dizzy, nauseous and gave me a horrific headache. I complained to the doctor about it and he told me to discontinue. So at this point I have been diagnosed, but not verified.

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Comment from: Karin6363, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I am a 46 year old female. I started having chest pain at night just as I was ready to fall asleep. The frequency became more and more often. I clean for a living, so I am active all day into the evening. After a few months it started occurring during the day The chest pain became more severe and radiated down my to my left arm and into my jaw. It also started occurring during the day. I finally did the doctor thing, blood work, stress test and angioplasty, while on the table I had major chest pain and was told I needed to go for bypass surgery. After another doctor reviewed the tape, he stopped my doctor and told him it was a muscle spasm and they tried a small catheter. They sent me home and told me to follow up with my heart doctor next week. I didn't know what to think. Finally, my brother a fire fighter told me that I probably have angina. I read up and yes that is it. I never got answers from the doctors yet, but I have my Nitro sub tabs which help lessen the attack. We will see what the doctor says.

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