Patient Comments: Angina - Diagnosis

How was the diagnosis of your angina established?

Comment from: suszec1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I went to the ER the other night, feeling this heaviness under my left breast and my heart was pounding and then it would come to almost a stop and then a thud this alarmed me. The ER found nothing wrong. I still have this feeling there and tightness in chest area, I am tired a lot. I cannot think clearly sometimes and I just don't feel right. Seems like angina. I have been under so much stress for the last 2 years and I do everything I can to try and find time for myself. I also am unemployed, living with a 21 year old son who has Asperger, and does not work. It has been difficult to say the least. I thought maybe this is just the stress, but I am concerned because I do not have health care and I am too afraid to go to the clinic. I read about Angioprim. It is too expensive for me, but I would like to try this and to add to the problem with the heart. I am asthmatic.

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Comment from: lonestar, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I have had issues with chest pain for almost 5 years now. It started during a time of high emotional stress for me. One day, after being up for 2 days straight I had heart palpitations and numbness in the extremities and went to the hospital. Every since then I have had random chest pains that sometimes run down my arm. I am 23 years old now and the pains still come. While in high school I experimented with cocaine and marijuana. I only tried cocaine sparingly though, over a period of 2-3 months. I maybe did it 10-15 times. I smoked marijuana pretty regularly for a semester or so in high school also, but do not believe it is related to that at all. I have always played sports, I am in a college ROTC program and run multiple times every week for long distances and do vigorous exercise. The pains are not necessarily triggered by exercise; they are random and always take me by surprise. I have had multiple EKG's done, done a stress test, blood work, and seen multiple doctors and have received no diagnosis whatsoever. I know something is wrong and I can't figure out what. I don't even know who to contact any more since my primary care physician has already seen me multiple times on this issue and has basically written me off as "ok", which I think is total B.S. Please, if you know any specialist that can help, or a website I'd appreciate it.

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Comment from: dennisr1118, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 04

Although I had been having a shortness of breath over a period of about two weeks, I had an attack of angina (according to the doctors) one evening. I was going to the bathroom, and when I was leaving the bathroom, I got severe chest pains that ran down my arm, and I had a dizzy spell. I tried to hide my condition, but my wife was standing outside the bathroom door when I grabbed the door frame to steady myself. I refused to let her take me to the emergency room, so we spent a fitful night, and I conceded to go to the doctors in the morning. I was admitted to the hospital the same afternoon where they did an EKG, an echocardiogram, and a stress test, which revealed my diagnosis.

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Comment from: cc1964, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I pretty much searched for the symptoms that I was having and found angina. It was later confirmed with my cardiologist through a heart cath and found I have a 50% blockage. For those who cannot take Isobid or nitro you may want to see about having your Doctor to try Ranexa, it does the same thing without the annoying headache. Angina or the feeling of angina can also be problems with your disc but feels like angina.

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Comment from: NewsmaN, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I am a 72 year old man. I recently had severe chest pain behind the breast bones and my wife who is a doctor diagonised the pain as angina. I get the pain once or twice a week and feel the pain go up my neck and down my left forearm. I have to keep a small heart shaped pill under my tongue for relief.

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Comment from: Paula, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

For years I had chest pains and they were attributed to panic attacks. After medications and time, the pains went away. Ten years later and with much emotional stress, the chest pains returned. I requested an EKG and after two tests in six months, I was diagnosed with angina. I was put on the patch, given a purse spray and a low dose aspirin. I am due to see a specialist this month. I am a 53-year-old female, single, with three adult sons. I do not smoke or drink, but I do smoke marijuana regularly. My chest X-ray was clean.

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