7 Questions Your Doctor May Ask to Evaluate Angina
- Can you describe the pain? This helps sort out angina from other potential causes of chest pain, such as indigestion, so be as detailed as possible (e.g., Is pain brought on by walking or exertion and relieved by rest?)
- Do you have any chronic health conditions? Some, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, dramatically up your risk of heart disease.
- Are you physically active? Your doctor may suggest certain kinds and amounts of exercise or recommend a supervised exercise program for you.
- How's your diet? Your doctor will want to know if you're eating a lot of heart-harming foods—processed and fried items, full-fat dairy and red meat.
- What's your stress level? Emotional stress can trigger angina pain; it can also cause angina-like symptoms in people without heart disease.
- Do you smoke? If so, your doctor can offer you strategies for stopping. Quitting halves your cardiovascular disease risk in only one year.
- Are you taking any medications? Include prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements; they may interact with angina drugs.