Chest Pain in the Elderly

Are you considered as a senior citizen? If you are, do you suffer from chest pain?

Through this article, we would like to give you information about chest pain in the elderly, including the treatments from them.

Hopefully, the information given is useful for you and your loved ones.

General Information
Cardiovascular disease is the primary cause if chest pain in the elderly. Around 12 percent of women and 20 percent of men over 65 years of age suffer from ischaemic heart disease (IHD).

Causes of Chest Pain

The physician will focus on myocardial infarction and angina pecoris first for elderly patient who complaints about chest pain.

Other causes
Chest pain may also be caused by the following factors:

  • Reflux esophagitis
  • Pulmonary thromboembolism
  • Malignant neoplasm
  • Pleurisy
  • Fractured ribs
  • Herpes zoster
  • Etc.

Drug Treatment

  • Calcium antagonists and nitrates should be administered in vasomotor angina
  • Beta-adregenic blocker is commonly combined with a nifedipine in ischaemic heart disease
  • Combined treatment with verapamil and beta-adrenergic blockers should be administered by your physician with caution
  • Your physician possibly would uphold constant blood concentration in your body throughout the day. However, he/she should avoid running of long-acting nitrates along with doses parted by equivalent time intervals since it can lead you to nitrate addiction
  • You will be warned about the side effects of nitroglycerin side effects, blood pressure decrease and particularly headache

As a part of chest pain treatment, usually you will be administered by nitroglycerin. Hence, you will be informed about the following matters:

  • It is recommended to take your first nitroglycerin dose while you are sitting.
  • Low dose tablets of nitroglycerin are preferable (Aproximately 0.15 to 0.6 miligrams of the drug are contained in nitroglycerin tablets).
  • You might be recommended to take one tablet every five minutes if the first tablet does not eliminate the pain (remember not to take more than three tablets at one time).
  • If three nitroglycerin tablets still have no effect, you should go to your physician immediately.
  • You should keep your tablets in a cool and dry place. Remember to replace the bottle every three months once opened and every three days if you keep it in a pocket.

You should consult with your doctor and other health care professionals to get a better knowledge and information about chest pain in the elderly.

Kindly bear in mind, this article is not solely intended as the only source of information about chest pain in the elderly.

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