When our heart does not get enough blood containing oxygen, a temporary chest discomfort may occur and it is most commonly known as angina chest pain or angina pectoris. How will you determine that you really are experiencing angina chest pain? Well, if you experience pain or pressure in the middle of your chest, going to your neck, back and left shoulder or left arm then don’t ever drive yourself to the emergency room. Instead, call an immediate ambulance that will rush you to the hospital.
Angina pectoris happens when a person has coronary heart disease where there coronary blood vessels are narrowed or blocked and insufficient blood containing oxygen is supplied to the heart muscle. The pain is often felt when a person gets stressed physically, mentally and emotionally. Extreme temperatures may also trigger attack of angina chest pain. Initial intervention when having this chest pain is to take a rest to be relieved of the pain and use of nitroglycerin for faster relief. This type of angina is actually predictable and it is known to be a stable angina. If you are experiencing such a discomfort, it is best to seek your doctor’s assistance for further evaluation. An ECG or electrocardiogram and X-ray will most likely to be used as the diagnostic test.
There are also cases when even if you are at a complete rest, a sudden attack of angina chest pain occurs. This is known to be the unstable angina where the attack of chest pain will not be easily predicted. The pain felt is more severe and prolonged. Patients experiencing such discomfort should seek medical attention immediately as unstable angina should be treated as an emergency and patient should be monitored carefully at the chest pain unit. Patients with Unstable angina have an increased risk for heart attack or cardiac arrest that may lead to sudden death.
If you are think you already experiencing a heart attack, then it is best that you call for an ambulance that will take you to the hospital. Driving yourself to the hospital alone can be very dangerous. If you’re not allergic to aspirin, chew a regular tablet of aspirin to ease the pain.