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Angina can develop if the heart is not getting enough oxygen. Usually it is because the blood supply to the heart is obstructed or because the heart is being overworked and therefore the heart needs more oxygen than usual. The heart can usually function normally at rest but not when physically strained.

What to look for

Strangling, suffocating, constricting, pain that is crushing, sharp, or burning. Normally it is felt in the chest but it may also happen in other areas like in the jaw or stomach. Specific sensations and location vary from person to person but are normally consistent from one attack to the next. If pain occurs with exertion or excitement and decreases with rest. The pain normally only lasts for a few minutes then it’s gone. Shortness of breath, palpitations, weakness, nausea, sweating or light- headed These can be symptoms that may or may not be associated with an angina attack. People who already had angina attacks may go on and have a full blown heart attack and it can be vice versa 

Of the many types of angina, classical or stable angina, triggered by exertion and receding with rest is the most common. If you have had a stable angina attack you should be able to predict what sort of exercise will cause a attack. The Another type is unstable angina, this is a more intense condition; it is unpredictably, even during a rest, and this should be interpreted as a warning sign of more serious heart troubles.
Alone, angina does not causes permanent damage because the heart is only momentarily deprived of oxygen. But if your angina attack worsens, you should recognize that you are at a more greater risk of heart attack. Be very concerned if you develop unstable angina, and consult your doctor. immediately



The main fundamental cause of angina is the coronary artery disease which characterizes the disease which the veins become blocked by fatty deposits and blood is obstructed from flowing through them. Angina can also develop from other diseases that put strain upon the heart unnecessarily, such as anaemia, hyperthyroidism (see thyroid problems). heart arrhythmias, and aortic valve disease (see heart disease), Stable angina is sometimes called "exertional" angina because activities usually triggers it make the heart beat rapidly the same as physical activity, such as sexual activity, heavy lifting or eating a large meal. Some of the other triggers are cold weather or emotional excitement, both of which stimulate the heart. There are certain risk factors for heart disease and coronary artery disease make the development of angina more likely.
These include stress, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and a family history of heart disease.

Dietary Considerations

Consider a low fat diet to reduce the fatty deposits around your veins. Eat less saturated fats and cholesterol. If you wish to take a program for vitamins such as the B complex, E and Pantothenic Acid

Personal Care at Home


Use more pillows then usual to raise your head up while you are sleeping to reduce the possibility of a attack at night. With your doctor’s permission, take an aspirin a day it may reduce the risk of heart attack. And unstable angina

Spend at least an hour digesting heavy meals. Exercise after eating is known to cause attacks. Be very careful when starting an exercise regime as this is known to create angina attacks It is better to stop smoking, as it greatly aggravates angina.
Do not use birth control pills if you have angina. Estrogens are associated with increased risk of blood clots.

When to seek further professional advice

If the attack lasts longer than 10 minutes; this may be a heart attack. So Call 10117 or your nearest emergency number as soon as possible  You may think this is your first angina attack; so you need to find out for sure. If the attacks have become more intense, prolonged, frequent, and unpredictable; these are signs of unstable angina.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

You should always consult a doctor if you think you may have angina. The selection of therapies below may help relieve the symptoms or even prevent attacks, but they should be considered as complements to, rather than substitutes for, conventional medical care.

Herbal Therapies : Hawthorn is an outstanding long-term tonic for angina because it simultaneously coronary the arteries and calms the heart. Raw garlic is said to help control the blood cholesterol levels. Tea (made from lime flowers -linden, hawthorn and nettle) may reduce blood pressure and make the blood vessels stronger. Chamomile tea is also helpful.

Homoeopathy : For effective relief during an acute attack, Cactus grandiflorus is advised. Among the long-term remedies that might be prescribed to you are Nux vomica and Arsenicum album.

Lifestyle : stay clear of cigarette smoke, carbon monoxide and avoid alcohol. Only drink sparingly. For as long as you are on angina medication because of possible adverse reactions. Very gentle aerobic exercise may be useful for patients with angina Build stamina gradually, and exercise inside the house whiles it’s cold weather. Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning on an exercise program.

Mind/Body Medicine : If you are easily upset or stressed find ways to relax your mind and body. You may find relief through meditation or yoga.

Traditional Treatment


Drugs may reduce angina symptoms, but basic changes in your diet and lifestyle play’s a very important part of any angina treatment Before you taking any drug, examine its substances and your medical history carefully with your Doctor and Pharmacist. Many of the drugs should not be combined with other drug or natural medicines, and you should also be sure your Doctor knows of any pre-existing medical conditions you may have had. If you have angina, your doctor will definitely mention the relevance of an general healthy lifestyle that consists of a proper diet, weight management, exercise, and no smoking. Most people that has angina takes prescribed medicines There are three main classes of angina drugs… Calcium channel blockers. Nitrates and Beta_adrenergic blockers The Doctors often use a mixture of these to treat angina. If the drug therapy does not work Angioplasty or bypass surgery may be discussed. Angioplasty, a catheter technique that expands blocked veins, has become a somewhat normal routine procedure. Bypass surgery, which recreates the blood flow around blocked arteries. Is reserved for very serious cases.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17