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06: Heart Failure: Case 3 Frank

Frank

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Frank is a 60 year old man who works as a bus driver. He has had a previous myocardial infarction 8 years ago. Frank is a smoker and drinks alcohol regularly. He lives with his wife Betty . He enjoys socialising and is a member of his local darts team. Recently he has felt more tired and slightly more breathless.

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In a situation where someone is known to have a previous cardiac history, they should always be advised to phone 999 if they have sudden onset of chest pain at rest.

What to do if you have angina/chest pain

Step 1: Pain / breathlessness

  • stop what you are doing and sit down. Take 1 dose GTN (spray/tablet)
  • wait 5 minutes

Step 2: If pain / breathlessness remains:

  • take another dose GTN
  • wait 5 minutes

Step 3: If pain / breathlessness remains:

  • take another dose GTN
  • wait 5 minutes

Step 4: If pain / breathlessness remains:

  • call 999

This chest pain advice may vary slightly within different areas so it is worth checking this as a local guidance. However, this advice is from the CHSS Website.


Frank is seen by the doctor in the emergency department


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