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Angina tests & diagnosis

Your doctor or nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse, and heart and will usually do an ECG (if its available). They may need to do other tests to rule out any other conditions that can be causing your chest pain, for example indigestion, muscle, or rib problems.

Blood tests are often needed to check your cholesterol and make sure you don't have diabetes. Your doctor may refer you for an exercise stress test (also called an exercise tolerance test).

Treatment and referral

If your doctor thinks it's likely you have angina, they may refer you to the Christchurch Hospital Cardiology Outpatients Department for further tests. You will probably need to start on some preventative medication.

Your doctor may refer you for an exercise electrocardiogram (ECG). This is done by the Cardiology Department, but there may be a wait of six to eight weeks.

Alternatively, you can pay to have an exercise ECG privately. Find a private heart specialist (cardiologist) using:

For more information, see Heart Foundation – Heart tests.

On the next page: Living with angina

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated August 2015.

See also:

Heart attack

Preparing for your doctor's visit

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