Angina Action Plan

I have chest pain - what should I do?

If you are experiencing chest, shoulder, back, neck or jaw discomfort, we advise that you follow the Angina Action Plan: STOP, SPRAY, ALERT & SEEK.


Stop what you are doing and sit down.


If you have a GTN spray (Nitrolingual spray), take one spray under the tongue.


Alert someone that you are having chest pain and have taken one spray of GTN spray.


If the pain is NOT decreasing and you feel unsafe, Ring 111 Immediately.

If the discomfort has resolved, please seek medical advice for a follow-up assessment.

  • Chest discomfort
  • Dull ache
  • Crushing or burning sensation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating and fatigue


Any of the above may be symptoms of a heart attack.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please discuss further with your medical physician.

For guidance, please contact one of our experienced Cardiac Nurses at Ascot Cardiology Group. We welcome your call.

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