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Angina

A symptom of pain, tightness or heaviness in the chest, but often in the arm, jaw or upper abdomen

About

Angina is usually caused by inadequate blood supply to the heart after the coronary arteries become narrowed. Other conditions like aortic stenosis, anaemia or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can cause angina.

Need to know

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    Angina usually presents as chest pain during exercise, especially with exposure to cold weather, or when exercising after a meal. For a small minority of people, it can even be triggered at rest or when they are sleeping. If you haven't yet been diagnosed with angina and you experience this type of chest pain, see your doctor or, if it occurs at rest, call 999 immediately.
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    In order to confirm a diagnosis of angina, your consultant will talk through your symptoms with you. They will measure your blood pressure, check your cholesterol and carry out other tests such as an ECG, a stress test and a coronary angiogram.
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    After a detailed assessment, angina may be treated with a combination of drugs to control the symptoms. When an attack occurs, treatment takes the form of a nitrate, which is sprayed under the tongue and works by dilating the arteries in the body to reduce the work the heart has to do. You may also be given a small dose of daily aspirin. It may be necessary to treat the condition using coronary angioplasty and stenting or coronary artery surgery.
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We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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