Ever wish you could see inside your arteries? These blood vessels deliver oxygen-rich blood to every corner of our bodies. Maintaining the flow is essential to life and health.
Atherosclerosis causes narrowing and hardening of the arteries, creating slowdowns in blood flow. Even worse, atherosclerosis can trigger sudden blood clots. Heart attacks and strokes are the often-deadly result.
If we could see what was going on in our arteries, we might think twice about our lifestyle choices. Could...
Chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in the chest.
Shortness of breath.
Nausea or vomiting.
Pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly or in one or both shoulders or arms.
Lightheadedness or sudden weakness.
A fast or irregular heartbeat.
After you call 911, the operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength or 2 to 4 low-dose aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself. By taking an ambulance, you may be able to start treatment before you arrive at the hospital.
Nitroglycerin. If you typically use nitroglycerin to relieve angina and if one dose of nitroglycerin has not relieved your symptoms
within 5 minutes, call 911. Do not wait to call for help.
Call your doctor if:
Your angina symptoms are different, more frequent, or severe.
Who to see
To see if you are at risk for heart
disease, have symptoms of heart disease, or need long-term care
for existing heart disease, see your
family doctor or
internist. For diagnosis of coronary artery disease,
you may see a
cardiologist. For ongoing care of stable angina, you
will likely see your family doctor or an internist. For angioplasty or surgery,
you will be referred to an interventional cardiologist or cardiovascular surgeon.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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