A diagnosis of angina is made from what the patient tells us; not by a test. That is why it is so important for patients to describe what they feel but also for the doctor to listen very carefully to what patients tell them.
Patients with angina should see their GP, who may refer them to a cardiologist (a consultant specialising in heart problems) for tests and further treatment.
• Heart attack - what causes it and what does it feel like? If the blood supply to the heart muscle is cut off for more than 30 minutes, this may damage, scar, and weaken the area of heart muscle supplied by the blocked artery. The cells of the heart muscle die because they cannot live without oxygen and nutrients. Death of heart muscle cells is called a heart attack (myocardial infarct).
A heart attack is diagnosed from the patient's description of what he felt, by a blood test, and by an electrical recording of the heart (ECG).
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