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How should I prepare for an appointment to diagnose microvascular angina?

It's important to be prepared for what to expect if you see your doctor for microvascular angina. Your doctor usually performs a complete physical exam if you are having chest pains. Included in the physical exam are questions regarding your symptoms, risk factors, and your family history of heart disease. Cholesterol levels will be checked to see if cholesterol is clogging your arteries. A 12 hour fast (no food or drink) may be required to get an accurate result. Since coronary heart disease symptoms are similar to microvascular angina, the large, main arteries of your heart will be checked first to eliminate other possibilities.

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