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What is Angina?
Health 30.07.20 

What is Angina?

What is Angina?

Angina is chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscles. It’s not usually life threatening, but it’s a warning sign that you could be at risk of a heart attack or stroke.With treatment and healthy lifestyle changes, it’s possible to control angina and reduce the risk of these more serious problems.

What Are The Symptoms of Angina?

The main symptom of angina is chest pain that feels tight, dull or heavy.  The pain can spread to your left arm, back, jaw or neck.  Angina pain is usually triggered by physcial activity or stress. It is worth noting that angina pain usually stops within a few minutes of resting.

Other symptoms of angina include feeling sick and/or breathless.

When To Contact a Doctor

If you have not been diagnosed with angina but believe you are experiencing the symptoms, it is important to book an urgent appointment with your GP – particularly if you have an attack of chest pain that stops within a few minutes of resting.

The GP will then check if it might be a heart problem and refer you to a hospital for tests.

What Are the Different Types of Angina?

The two main types of angina you can be diagnosed with are:

  • Stable angina (most common) – attacks have a trigger (such as stress or exercise) and stop within a few minutes of resting
  • Unstable angina (more serious) – attacks are more unpredictable (they may not have a trigger) and can continue despite resting

Some people develop unstable angina after having stable angina.

What Causes Angina?

Angina is regularly caused by atherosclerosis, this is when the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscles become narrowed by a build-up of fatty substances.

A number of aspects can increase your risk of atherosclerosis, these include:

  • a diet high in fat and sugar
  • a lack of exercise
  • smoking
  • a family history of atherosclerosis or heart problems

Treatment for Angina

Unfortunately there isn’t a one-off treatment for angina. You’ll probably need to take several different medicines for the rest of your life.

You may be given medicine to:

  • treat attacks when they happen (only taken when needed)
  • prevent further attacks
  • reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes

If medicines are not suitable or do not help, an operation to improve blood flow to your heart muscles may be recommended.

Living With Angina

If you suffer from angina, there is nothing to say you cannot lead a normal life, as long as you ensure to keep it under control.

One of the most important things to ensure you can continue to live a normal life despite having angina is living a healthy lifestyle. For example:

  • eating a healthy diet
  • drinking less alcohol
  • not smoking
  • losing weight if you’re overweight
  • exercising regularly (gentle exercises are usually safe but please consult a doctor beforehand)

This can help reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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