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What do I need to know about caring for someone with unstable angina?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Symptoms of a heart attack or unstable angina include chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating and nausea  If someone in your care has symptoms of unstable angina, it is very important that you take the person immediately to an emergency room. It is best to call 911 and have the person transported by ambulance.
Once the person has returned home from the hospital after treatment, it is vital that you make sure he or she follows the doctor's instructions exactly. This will likely include medications and lifestyle changes that are meant to avoid another incident of unstable angina or a heart attack. You will also need to watch for signs of unstable angina or heart attack.

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