Your doctor may describe your chest pain as "unstable" or "stable" angina. Unstable Angina
With unstable angina, also referred to as acute coronary syndrome
, chest pain and other symptoms of cardiovascular disease are of new onset, worsening, becoming more frequent or occurring with less exertion.
If this is your situation, your doctor may adjust drug therapy to stabilize symptoms or may pursue other forms of testing and monitoring.
Depending on the ongoing evaluation, you may be sent to the cardiac catheterization lab (or “cath lab”) for a heart catheterization and ultimately an angioplasty and/or a stent (procedures to open blockages in your arteries). Alternatively, if the blockages are more extensive or severe, you may be referred to a surgeon for bypass surgery.Stable Angina
With stable angina, you have "predictable" symptoms - symptoms to which you have become accustomed. When you engage in physical activity at various levels of intensity, you have come to expect shortness of breath (more common in women than men), chest pressure, neck, jaw or shoulder pain. When you stop the activity, symptoms also cease.
If you have stable angina, your care team will:
- Ask you questions and listen carefully to your answers to understand your:
-Current symptoms and other current health conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension
Based on this information, your healthcare providers will develop a treatment plan just for you.
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