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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Angina. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: Angina is generally described as "heavy", "crushing" or "gripping".
Why: Angina can range from a mild ache to a most severe pain that provokes sweating and fear.
Why: Angina is usually behind the sternum.
Why: Angina may radiate to the arms, jaw, throat or back.
Why: Angina usually is aggravated by exercise, emotion, after a meal or in cold weather.
Why: Angina usually fades quickly with rest or with nitroglycerine spray.
Why: High blood pressure, High cholesterol and Diabetes increase the risk of angina and heart attacks.
Why: increase the risk of angina and heart attacks.
Why: lack of exercise increases the risk of angina and heart attacks.
Why: Of angina or early heart attacks.
Why: Chest pain and chest pressure/tightness are the hallmarks of angina.
Why: The description that you give to your Health Professional is very important in helping to diagnose its cause. Anginal chest pain can be experienced and described in a wide variety of ways, though the majority of patients describe it as a diffuse pain/tightness which is not easily identified as coming from any particular single point on the chest. Pain which is felt in an easily and readily identifiable location is more likely to be not angina pain. Angina pain may additionally be felt in one or both arms, the neck and jaw. It may sometimes be mistaken for reflux pain/indigestion/heartburn/dyspepsia.
Why: Typical anginal pain may be brought on my exertion (stable angina), on lying down (decubitus angina), or even at rest (unstable angina or Prinzmetal Angina). It is also very important for you to tell your Health Professional when the first time you experienced angina was, as this may give some indication of the underlying cause and its severity. The frequency of anginal pain is another important detail not to be missed as it may give some idea of the severity of your current condition.
Why: If there are any particular factors (such as rest) which relieve your angina, then they may be important in determining its cause. Similarly, anything which brings it on or makes it worse is important for helping to formulate a management plan for your condition.
Why: As anginal pain is caused by inadequate supply of oxygen via your blood to your heart muscle, it is important for you to tell your Health Professional if you have ever been diagnosed with any other heart diseases.
Why: This can be a cause of angina.
Why: Many common (such as ischemic heart disease) and uncommon heart diseases (such as hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy) can be inheritable, and if anyone in your family has been diagnosed with a heart disease then your Health Professional may approach your case in a slightly different manner.
Why: Along with ischemic heart disease/vascular disease$, these conditions are all components of a broader syndrome called Syndrome X. The present of some of these conditions can predispose to other conditions which make up the Syndrome X, and may need to be managed in a slightly different manner.
Why: These can all be indications of hyperthyroidism, and may partly explain why you have been experiencing angina.
Why: These are all common investigations which can be ordered for heart diseases such as ischemic heart disease and angina. Some of them are more invasive than others and so repeating them can have risks. If you have had any of these performed before then it is important for you to communicate the results of those investigations to your current treating Health Professional, as any past results can highlight recent changes and so assist in formulating a management plan for your current condition.
Why: It is important for your health professional to know which medications you are currently taking, and which ones you have taken in the past. Knowing this can assist them to prescribe the appropriate medication/s for your current condition. Any allergies (including those to medications) are also important to mention.
Why: This can give an indication of the underlying disease process, and may help to differentiate between a myocardial infarction and angina.
Why: These are all symptoms which can assist in the diagnosis of the underlying cause of your chest pain.
Why: Shortness of breath, chest palpitations, dizziness.
The following list of conditions have 'Angina' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have 'Angina'
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