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Does unstable angina follow angina? Or can you just have unstable angina first?

Also What exactly does it feel like.

Also Pain scale 1-10 10 being worst

unstable angina can follow stable angina or can present itself first.-
the critheria to determine that an angina is unstable are:
- pain with the caracteristics of an angina that lasts more than 30 minutes.-
- angina that debutates in a functional class three or four (3: appears to minimal exercises, like dressing or brushing theeth; 4 appears at rest)
- angina post infartion.-
- stable angina that in the last month changes it caracterists to a higher functional class (3 or 4).-
those are the four types of unstable angina.-

unstable angina feels the same that stable angina.-
these are the caracteristics of it:
it starts with exercise or at rest (depending on the funtional class).-
calms with rest or nitrites.-
it's opressive.-
it's located in the chest and irradiates to neck, left arm, teeth or wrists.-
in a pain scale it's variable, depends on the patient can go from 4 to 10.-
usually is accompained by neurovegetative reaction.-

hope this helps.-

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please help me what is the main difference between acute coronary syndrome, unstable angina and MI?

i read from google that unstable angina and myocardial infarction are subtype of acute coronary syndrome.how ???????

Acute coronary syndrome covers a lot of diseases of the heart, they begin with that and do a workup. Unstable angina is chest pain associated with coronary artery disease that occurres randomly by vessels that are becoming narrowed due to atherosclerosis, and needs medicine to control, like nitroglycerin. A myocardial infarction indicates that a blood vessel in the heart has become blocked, either by becoming too narrow to let blood through or because of a clot. This is the most serious because it can cause parts of the heart not getting blood to stop working properly. Sometimes it can be helped with putting in a stent, sometimes it can be so bad one would need bypass surgery to provide blood flow to that part of the heart.  (+ info)

what are the investigations and treatments for unstable angina?

investigation's include angiograms(the doctor will put a dye into your veins and get a good view of the damage to your veins or arteries that surround the myocardium(heart) if the damage is severe he will almost certainly attempt to fix the damage by a procedure called angioplasty, this procedure involves the surgeon putting a stent through your femoral artery and up into your heart, the surgeon directs the stent into the damaged artery and then blows it up using bar pressure, the stent opens up like a small straw like tunnel and the blood flows 100% better around the heart preventing further pain or problems, the stent is coated with a drug called heparin(anti coagulant)that stops the blood trying to form a clot on the invading stent.
the procedure is very simple and is normally done whilst you are awake, it has a 99.9% success rate and is painless..
good luck  (+ info)

do patients with untreated stable angina ultimately develop unstable angina leading to myocardial infarction?

No, there are people who suffer with angina all there lives and develop no other heart problems. My mother has had sable angina for over 30 years. It does however mean that you are at a much higher risk of developing myocardial infarction than some one who does not have it.


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Is a NSTEMI just unstable angina?

if it is, why is it considered an MI - (NSTE)MI - cos its transcient? Or am I wrong altogether, if you can answer this, can u pls contrast it with a STEMI - thanks thanks thanks
Ok, so they are the same, but ecg changes show dif, what is the dif in treating the 2 then?

they are two totally different things.. angina is the lack of oxygen supply to the coronary arteries resulting to chest pain.. it is called unstable because the chest pain may occur with either stress or at rest... now, MI is not just simply lack of oxygen but a complete blockage of the coronary arteries therefore causing chest pain too. so from the point distal to the blockage, since no blood is getting there, it may result to myocardial necrosis and this may show in the ekg as the ST elevation part which shows with most MI's.. but in some cases, the ST elevation won't show.. these are called the NON-STEMI..  (+ info)

had heart attack had a stent put in got conary heart disiese now got unstable angina can i claim disabilty?

If you are currently working and have unstable angina. You will need to get a sick note off your GP and will be entitled to sickness benefit from you employer. If your employer does not pay you sickness benefit you will be entitled to claim incapacity benefit/income support from the DWP (department for Work and Pensions).
Furthermore, there is also another benefit you might be eligible for called disability living allowance. There are 2 different components to this benefit. The mobility and the care component. If you have problems with mobility and cannot walk more than 50 metres without feeling severe discomfort and/or pain eg. breathlesness, needing to use your GTN spray etc. Then you may qualify for the high rate mobility. If you have personal care needs eg. with washing, dressing, unable to cook a meal you may also qualify for the care component.
I am a welfare rights advisor and have been successful in obtaining these benefits for many people in your situation.  (+ info)

Will angina improve if I completely stop drinking alcohol?

I have mild, unstable angina. I have been a binge-drinker for about 12 years. I have stopped drinking alcohol and I intend to take up a healthy diet, consume vitamins, pilates, mild cardio and meditation.

If I persist with these good habits will the angina improve on its own?

The human body is capable of repairing almost all damage assuming there are no mutations (as in Cancer) or widespread cell death.

Providing nutrient and oxygen rich blood to your heart is very likely to help it rebuild and reduce your risk of a heart attack.

Without knowing the true severity of your angina (seeing your charts) I cannot be certain, but I believe it is very likely that your angina will improve with positive lifestyle changes, and the proper medications.

Regards.  (+ info)

can unstable angina be diagnosed with a stress test?

No, because with unstable angina the chest pain is occurring at rest   (+ info)

How many types of angina are there?

I know about Stable, Printzmetal's (also know as Variant), Unstable, Vincent's. I've just watched a TV programme which referred to Ludwig's angina (which I had never heard of ) and I wondered if there were any more.

Angina Pectoris is the name given to the heart condition associated with decreased coronary blood flow.
Its various presentation has given rise to various names eg. Stable, Printzmetal, unstable, etc.. There is also another type in this group which describes chest pain on lying down i.e. Angina decubitus.
The name Angina has also been used to describe non-cardiac condition eg Ludwig's angina for a throat infection
Angina Cruris is pain in the buttocks regions on walking and is a manifestation of Le Riche syndrome.
I hope this answers your question.  (+ info)

Is Unstable Angina Curable?

Please can some1 tell me whether unstable angina is completely curable or whether it has degrees of curabilty? I also want to know whether the patient has a high risk of getting MI and ultimately dying?? PLEAASEE Help me out

You can have stable angina - which occurs at predictable times such as when you are climbing stairs or feeling stressed. It doesn't occur when you are resting.

Or you can have unstable angina, - which is not predictable. It can occur anytime and lasts longer than a stable angina attack typically does. It is a sign that you are at risk of a heart attack in the near future.


It may not be curable but it can be treated. If you have angina you will likely be on medications to prevent or relieve attacks.

Nitroglycerin sprays, tablets, patches, or ointments help dilate the blood vessels to improve blood flow to the heart. You may want to carry a nitroglycerin spray with you at all times.

Beta blockers reduce the heart rate and blood pressure. Calcium channel blockers dilate blood vessels and slow the heart rate.

You may also take medications to prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure, and improve your cholesterol. Make sure you take your medications as directed by your doctor.

Angina is a condition that should be supervised by a doctor.

For more information on chest pain/angina and living with heart diseases, see www.smart-heart-living.com  (+ info)

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