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Treatment for angina can help improve your quality of life
The main aims of treatment are:
Treatment approaches, which are explained more fully in the treatments section, can include:
If you have frequent angina attacks it is likely that you will need to take a combination of drugs to help:
There are several groups of drugs which are useful in preventing angina. Your doctor will try and find the most effective combination for you. These may include:
Most people with angina need GTN to relieve pain as it happens
After being diagnosed with angina it is important that you learn how to deal with an 'attack'. The following table shows what to do when you feel your angina coming on.
Stable angina is normally relieved by stopping what you are doing and taking your GTN. You will not normally move beyond step 1 in the above table.
If your angina attacks are happening more frequently / with less and less activity and are not relieved by GTN then try not to panic. Follow steps 2, 3 and 4 and do not hesitate in calling 999 if you think you need to.