You may need to have several tests to diagnose angina.

Seeing a GP

If you see a GP after an attack of chest pain, they may ask about:

They may also do some checks to assess the likelihood of a heart problem, such as:

If they think you might have angina or another heart problem, they may refer you to hospital for some tests.

Tests in hospital

You may have tests to check if you have angina and assess your risk of more serious problems like heart attacks or stroke.

You may have:

What happens if you have angina

What happens next depends on the type of angina you're diagnosed with.

There are 2 main types:

If you have stable angina, you'll be given medicines to treat attacks when they occur and reduce the risk of further attacks.

If you have unstable angina, you may need to stay in hospital at first. Some checks will be done to assess your chances of having another attack and help decide on the best treatment.

Page last reviewed: 1 August 2019
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