If the patient has never had these symptoms, can call the healthcare provider,
especially if the patient is uncertain of the symptoms or what action to should
If the patient has had angina before, they may not need to seek medical care if
the symptoms are the same as they always are.
If the patient has had angina before, go to the nearest hospital emergency
department if any of the following situations occur:
Any of these situations may be a medical emergency and requires a visit to a
hospital emergency department.
If a person believes they have risk factors for angina, but no symptoms, they
should call a healthcare provider to arrange for an evaluation in the office.
Don't wait for symptoms to occur.
Stop doing whatever it is that causes the symptoms and call 911. Immediate help
and intervention is the best chance for survival if someone is having a heart
attack or other serious problem.
If the patient has had angina before and been evaluated by a healthcare
provider, follow his or her recommendations.
If a patient has stable angina, they will need to visit their healthcare
provider on a regular basis to monitor angina episodes and assess if risk
factors are being reduced.
The patient's healthcare provider will probably test their heart function
periodically and assess the underlying
These tests will probably include the following:
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