How do I know if I have unstable angina?
How is unstable angina diagnosed?blood tests, to check for creatine kinase and cardiac biomarkers (troponin) that leak from your heart muscle if it’s been damaged.electrocardiogram, to see patterns in your heartbeats that may indicate reduced blood flow.More items….
How long does unstable angina last?
Unstable angina may not respond to rest or nitroglycerin. It needs urgent attention. Usually lasts 5 minutes; rarely more than 15 minutes.
Can unstable angina go away?
Unstable angina means that your symptoms have changed from your typical pattern of stable angina. Your symptoms do not happen at a predictable time. For example, you may feel angina when you are resting. Your symptoms may not go away with rest or nitroglycerin.
What does an angina attack feel like?
Angina is chest pain or discomfort caused when your heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood. It may feel like pressure or squeezing in your chest. The discomfort also can occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. Angina pain may even feel like indigestion.
Does unstable angina show on ECG?
Unstable angina results from acute obstruction of a coronary artery without myocardial infarction. Symptoms include chest discomfort with or without dyspnea, nausea, and diaphoresis. Diagnosis is by ECG and the presence or absence of serologic markers.
What is the treatment for unstable angina?
During an unstable angina event: You may get heparin (or another blood thinner) and nitroglycerin (under the tongue or through an IV). Other treatments may include medicines to control blood pressure, anxiety, abnormal heart rhythms, and cholesterol (such as a statin drug).