The information outlined below on common conditions and treatments is provided as a guide only and it is not intended to be comprehensive. Discussion with Dr Scott is important to answer any questions that you may have. For information about any additional conditions not featured within the site, please contact us for more information.
This is a discomfort, heaviness or ache in the centre of the chest, typically brought on by exertion and relieved by rest. It sometimes spreads down to one or both arms, or through to the back, up into the neck, jaw or the teeth. It can be associated with a sensation of breathlessness, nausea or sweating. If these are the symptoms you are experiencing, than you must lose no time in having them evaluated.
Normally, your cardiologist will see you promptly and arrange for a resting Electrocardiogram (ECG) and an Exercise Treadmill (ETT). If you are unable to perform physical exercise for any reason, such as arthritis or other physical disability, your cardiologist may well arrange a different type of non-invasive test, such as a cardiac MRI. If your cardiologist thinks you are at significant risk, he may arrange for you to have a Coronary Angiogram with a view to proceeding to Coronary Angioplasty (percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI).
When Angina is suspected the cardiologist may start drug treatment which could include:
• GTN spray-to help you if you get pain
• Aspirin to thin the blood
• A cholesterol lowering tablet (statin)
• Other medications which may include Beta-blockers, Calcium channel blockers, Nitrates, Nicorandil, Ranolazine or Ivabradine
Discussion with Dr Scott is important to answer any questions that you may have. For information about any additional symptoms you may be suffering from that are not featured within the site, please contact us for more information.