What is the focus of clinical history for unstable angina?

Updated: Oct 01, 2020
  • Author: Walter Tan, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Patients with unstable angina represent a heterogeneous population. Therefore, the clinician must obtain a focused history of the patient’s symptoms and coronary risk factors and immediately review the electrocardiogram (ECG) to develop an early risk stratification. (See Prognosis.)

Initially, obtain a history to determine whether any evidence of angina is present, then aim to identify whether it is stable or unstable.


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