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Angina

Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart muscle doesn't get enough blood. Angina may feel like pressure or a squeezing. It can be mild or it can be severe. The pain may also occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. You might not even have pain, but an unpleasant feeling in your chest and be short of breath. It may feel like indigestion.

If you have chest pain that lasts more 10 minutes call triple zero (000).

Angina usually occurs during exercise or stress. When it occurs at rest, perhaps even while your sleeping, and gets worse over time it is called unstable angina.

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Angina

Angina is chest pain or discomfort caused by insufficient blood flow and oxygen to the muscle of the heart.

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Angina pectoris - Lab Tests Online AU

Angina pectoris is a term for chest pain caused by the heart not getting enough oxygen. This lack of oxygen is also called myocardial ischaemia. Although the arteries supplying the heart may provide enough blood (and therefore oxygen) for daily activities, this may not be possible at high-demand times such as during exercise (even just walking), stress or extreme temperatures. The symptoms may disappear when, for example, exercise is stopped. An attack of angina means that you are at increased risk of a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction or AMI) and should see a doctor right away.

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Coronary arteries - myDr.com.au

The coronary arteries supply the heart muscle with oxygen so that it can work. If these vessels become narrowed, angina can result.

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Chest pain

If in doubt about the cause of your chest pain, call an ambulance.

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Cardiovascular Health | Nutrition Australia

() Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a term used to describe all diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Coronary heart disease (which includes heart attacks and angina) and stroke are common forms of CVD.

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Troponin - Lab Tests Online AU

This test measures the level of troponin in your blood. Troponin is a protein found in muscle that helps it contract. There are two forms that can be measured troponin I (TnI) and troponin T (TnT) found in the heart and in other muscles. The tests for these forms of troponin measure only the type found in heart muscle. When a person has a heart attack, troponin is released into the blood. Troponin levels remain high longer than other substances (CKMB) that may be measured if a heart attack is suspected and the troponin test is not available. This becomes important if a person waits for more than a day before going to the doctor after having had chest pain.

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Chest pain | Better Health Channel

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Cardiovascular disease | Jean Hailes

Many people think that cardiovascular disease is more likely to be associated with men. Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer of women. Cardiovascular disease includes diseases of the heart, veins and arteries. Find out about types of cardiovascula

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Coronary heart disease

The underlying cause of coronary heart disease is a slow build up of fatty deposits on the inner wall of the blood vessels that supply the heart muscle with blood (the coronary arteries).

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Heart anatomy - myDr.com.au

View a picture of the anatomy of the heart, which is made up of 4 compartments: 2 atria and 2 ventricles.

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