When to seek medical help

  • If you suffer from angina it is important that you get to know the signs and symptoms that you regularly have. If these suddenly change then you should contact your doctor urgently.

Please note: If you are having chest pain for the first time then you must seek urgent medical advice.

                             WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE ANGINA / CHEST PAIN
STEP 1: Pain / breathlessness: stop what you are doing and sit down. Take 1 dose GTN (spray / tablet) wait 5 minutes
STEP 2: If pain / breathlessness remains take another dose GTN wait 5 minutes
STEP 3: If pain / breathlessness remains take another dose GTN wait 5 minutes
STEP 4: If pain / breathlessness remains: call 999
  • Stable angina is normally relieved by stopping what you are doing and taking your GTN. You will not normally move beyond step 1 in the above table.
  • If your angina attacks are happening more frequently / with less and less activity and are not relieved by GTN then try not to panic. Follow steps 2, 3 and 4 and do not hesitate in calling 999 if you think you need to.
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