Comparing Stable and Unstable Angina
Patients with heart disease may experience angina. This is chest pain that may feel like pressure or a sharp pain. Angina isn’t a type of heart disease in itself; rather, it’s a symptom of an underlying problem. To provide an effective management plan for angina, a heart doctor will first need to determine which type of angina a patient has. The most common type is stable angina, which develops when the heart is under stress. Patients with stable angina can learn to recognize the pattern of symptoms, including when they typically occur. With the onset of symptoms, patients can rest and take prescribed medications to resolve the pain. It’s important to understand that stable angina may indicate that patients are at a higher risk of a heart attack at some point.
A heart doctor may diagnose a patient with unstable angina if the chest pain does not follow a predictable pattern. Unstable angina can occur while a person is at rest or exercising. The symptoms may be quite severe and they may not resolve with rest and medication. Unstable angina is a medical emergency. It may indicate an imminent heart attack.
Cardiac Solutions provides effective treatment plans for patients with angina and other heart conditions in Avondale, Phoenix, and Glendale. If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately; otherwise, you can contact our cardiology offices at (623) 876-8816.