my simple question

  1. hello nurses!

    I just have a question... little bit confused with this thing, about angina pectoris i've been searching the internet and didn't find the answer...

    is angina pectoris a medical Dx or it could be one of the assessment finding related to CAD or maybe angina pectoris is just a term for chest pain but not necessarily a medical Dx?
    Last edit by watatet on Oct 19, '06
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  3. by   KCIN
    Quote from watatet
    hello nurses!

    i just have a question... little bit confused with this thing, about angina pectoris i've been searching the internet and didn't find the answer...

    is angina pectoris a medical dx or it could be one of the assessment finding related to cad or maybe angina pectoris is just a term for chest pain but not necessarily a medical dx?
    the noun [color=#003399]angina pectoris has one meaning:
    [color=#003399]meaning #1[color=#003399]: a heart condition marked by paroxysms of chest pain due to reduced oxygen to the heart
    synonym: [color=#003399]angina
  4. by   GregCP, RN
    Quote from watatet
    hello nurses!

    I just have a question... little bit confused with this thing, about angina pectoris i've been searching the internet and didn't find the answer...

    is angina pectoris a medical Dx or it could be one of the assessment finding related to CAD or maybe angina pectoris is just a term for chest pain but not necessarily a medical Dx?
    Angina is to Angina Pectoris LIKE
    Ward Clerk is to Health Unit Coordinator

    they are the same thing, different ways of saying it.
  5. by   hlfpnt
    It's a medical dx. The pain is a symptom...angina is the condition causing the symptom. "Chest pain" doesn't necessarily mean the pt has angina...other things can cause chest pain, too.
  6. by   dacryocystitis
    Chest pain is a symptom of a condition or disease. Chest pain can have many different causes--cardiac (angina, MI, pericarditis myocarditis, aortic dissection, etc) or noncardiac (musculoskeletal chest pain, chest wall pain, pleuritic CP, sensory such as in herpes zoster, etc etc).

    Angina is a medical diagnosis and chest pain is a symptom of it. Angina is caused by a reduced oxygen supply. It is almost always associated with coronary artery disease, but angina can result from coronary artery vasospasm, fibrosis, embolism, and a few other reasons that I can't remember.
  7. by   watatet
    thanks a lot guys

    I ask this because my teacher want it to use "angina" as a finding assessment and in nursing Dx, and I said no because it's a medical Dx, eventually we came into argument that I did insist that can't use it for nursing Dx or assessment finding,

    your answer settled it!

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