Cardiology Question 30 Instructor

In assessing patients who present with chest pain, how does one characterize and classify the chest pain?

Typical angina:

  • Steady retrosternal chest pain
  • Provoked by exertion or emotional stress
  • Relieved by rest or nitroglycerine

Atypical angina: 2 out of 3 criteria

Non-anginal chest pain: 1 out of 3 criteria

Reference: Diamond GA Forrester JS NEJM 1979 300:1350-8

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