Angina Pectoris Symptoms and Treatment

Angina is a chest pain or discomfort in the chest. The pain occurs behind the breastbone. The afflicted person may feel immense pressure, fullness, pain or squeezing in the chest. Besides the chest, the pain may also spread to left shoulders, left arms, left neck, jaw, or back. The discomfort is temporary, may last few minutes or few seconds. But, an episode of angina indicates an increased risk of suffering a heart attack. Thus, Angina by itself is not a disease. The trigger factors for angina are physical exercise, stress, extreme cold or a heavy meal. The chest pain occurs when an area of the heart does not get enough blood and oxygen that it requires. It is the coronary arteries that carry blood to the hear muscle.

Some symptoms of angina are shortness of breath, nausea, feeling of moderate to severe indigestion, perspiration, sharp, burning or cramping pain, numbness or a loss of feeling in arms, shoulders or writs. Symptoms of Angina differ with types.

After detailed examination, your physician may decide on future course of treatment method. The severity of angina and the heart condition will be taken into consideration. Medications like beta-blockers, nitrates (such as nitroglycerin), and calcium channel blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and anti-clotting drugs will be prescribed.

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