Angina Pectoris (cont.)
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Which specialties of doctors treat angina?
Angina is sometimes treated in an emergency department by emergency medicine doctors. Individuals who sometimes experience angina may be treated by internists, family practice physicians, or cardiologists. In some cases, specialized cardiologists or cardiac surgeons are part of the treatment team.
How is angina diagnosed?
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The patient's doctor or the Emergency Department doctor will immediately think of angina and other heart problems upon hearing the patient's symptoms. Time is of the essence, and treatment will probably begin as the evaluation continues.
Imaging and other tests
A chest X-ray: A chest X-ray will show any fluid buildup in the lungs. It can also rule out some other causes of chest pain.
There is no blood lab test that can tell with certainty that someone is having angina. There are certain blood tests that suggest that a person may be having a heart attack. These tests may be done if a heart attack is suspected.
While these tests are being performed, the health-care professional will be asking the patient questions, and perform a physical exam (listening to the heart and lungs, and feeling the heart through the chest) that will help with the diagnosis. The questions will be about the symptoms and about the patient's medical history including
If, after these tests, the doctor suspects the patient may have coronary heart disease, additional tests will be performed to confirm the possibility.
The doctor will make the decision about whether these tests or any treatment need to be done on an urgent basis. If so, the patient will be admitted to the hospital. If not, the tests will be scheduled for the next few days, and the patient may be allowed to go home.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/31/2016
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