Wht is Angina?
The muscles of the heart also need oxygen-rich blood to work. Angina is the discomfort or pain in the chest that happens when not enough oxygen-rich blood reaches the heart muscle.
Blockages in coronary arteries (vessels that deliver oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscles) can cause Angina.
If this blockage continues, the heart-muscles will starve of oxygen, a heart attack may occur.
Angina is usually the start of a heart disease and must be checked immediately.
Symptoms of Angina include:
Chest pains and chest discomfort, usually in the form of tightness, burning, crushing, pressure or heaviness and choking.
Pain begin to appear in nearby places (left arm, neck, shoulder or jaw areas.
Usually, short of breath, anxiety and nauseating feeling may be felt.
Causes of Angina:
Angina becomes more common with age. It is commonly caused by narrowing oxygen-rich blood vessels, usually by cholesterol, fatty deposits or plaques. Other causes include cigarette smoking, diabetes mellitus and High blood pressure. Obesity (overweight) is also a risk factor for Angina.
Treatment of Angina:
Angina can be treated, often with lifestyle changes to manage. risk factors (weight loss, exercise, quitting smoking and a healthy diet)
Medical treatment. Usually your doctor will advice on the medications you need to take.