Each year millions of people suffer from angina, or chest pain. Managing angina is important for preventing a heart attack.

Know the pattern of your angina

Make note of patterns in your chest pain: What causes it, what it feels like, how long it lasts and what relieves it. If you notice changes in the pattern, you should seek medical attention. It could be a sign of unstable angina, putting you at high risk for a heart attack.

Know your medicines

If you take nitrates for chest pain, make sure to take them as directed. Tell your doctor if you are taking other medications to prevent unintended side effects.

Have a heart attack plan

Living with angina puts you at risk for heart attack so it's important to be prepared should one occur. Make a plan including the following:

  • Heart attack signs
  • Instructions for using aspirin and nitroglycerin
  • Contact information for emergency care in your community
  • Location of the nearest hospital with emergency heart care

Is it time for a heart check?

If you or someone you know is experiencing chest pain symptoms, call 911 or find the nearest Accredited Chest Pain Center. For questions on angina, heart attack or on ways to keep your heart healthy, our experience and expertise can help.

To find a doctor or speak to a nurse, call Consult-A-Nurse® at (951) 788-3463, 24 hours a day.
For more information, visit Heart Care Institute.

Source: NHLBI.NIH.gov