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Nitroglycerin is a medicine that treats or prevents chest pain. Learn more about nitroglycerin.

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High blood pressure

Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure.

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Angina and heart attack

Questions and answers

What is angina?
What does nitroglycerin do?
What is a heart attack?
What are the signs and symptoms of a heart attack?
How do I know if I'm having angina or a heart attack?
What do I do if angina or a heart attack occurs?
Should I take aspirin during a heart attack?

Quick treatment

Quick treatment in a hospital emergency department — especially within the first hour after an attack — reduces heart muscle damage and increases the odds of survival.

Call 911 right away if you have chest pain that does not go away or becomes worse.

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts