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Discover the stories of other people living with angina

Peter, 62 years old, who loves to walk his dog
Diagnosed with angina a year ago
Mark, 58 years old, who loves cycling
Diagnosed with diabetes 2 years ago and with angina 3 months ago
Victoria, 63 years old, who loves spending time with her grandchildren
Had a heart attack a year ago and was diagnosed with angina 6 months ago

The possible complications1,2

The pain or discomfort caused by angina may interfere with some of your daily activities and require rest. However, the most serious complication that can occur is a myocardial infarction, also called heart attack, which can lead to cardiac arrest. This is why it is important to listen carefully to your doctor’s recommendations and to make some lifestyle changes.
the possible complications of anginas

How is Angina diagnosed?1

Measures your heart’s activity to see if your heart is functioning properly
Produces images of your heart to check if your heart is damaged
Stress test
To see your heart’s response while you exercise
Blood tests
To check for some specific proteins that are released in your blood when your heart is suffering
Chest X-rays
Takes images of your heart and lungs to see if how you feel is caused by other conditions
Coronary angiography
Takes a series of images of your coronary vessels in your heart to analyze the state and level of obstruction
Cardiac Computerized tomography
Imaging test where you lie in a doughnut-shaped machine that will take pictures of your heart and chest
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
Imaging test where you lie in a tube-like machine that will create detailed pictures of your heart and blood vessels
Your doctor may diagnose angina based on:
A physical exam
Your symptoms
Your risk factors
Your family’s medical history
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of patients have underrecognized Angina3

What should I ask my doctor?​4

Use this checklist to help you prepare for your next doctor visit
  • What treatments are available and what do you recommend?
  • What’s the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • How often do i need to have a follow-up visit with you about angina?
  • What websites do you recommend visiting? What foods should I eat or avoid?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed materials that I can take home with me?
Show references


Custodis F et al. J Cardiol. 2013;62(3):183-187.
Qintar M et al. Eur Heart J Qual Care Clin Outcomes. 2016;2(3):208-214.
ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. How to Prepare Your Medical Visit: Advice for Angina Patients. Suresnes, France: Servier; 2020.
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Last modified date: 7/4/2022