Angina: Your Wakeup Call

What Is Angina?

Very simply angina is chest pain caused by coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the number one killer of men and women in the US and other developed countries. 

Angina is not really a condition. It is a symptom of another condition called myocardial ischemia which occurs when the heart does not get as much blood as it needs.

Typically myocardial ischemia occurs when the arteries supplying the heart with blood become blocked or narrowed. Artery blockage is most commonly caused by buildup known as atherosclerosis.

Angina can also occur in people with…

However, these cases are rare. 

To state the most common angina scenario another way…

  • The arteries feeding the heart muscles with blood become blocked (atherosclerosis).
  • The heart muscles suffer from low oxygen supply (myocardial ischemia).
  • The underfed heart muscles cause chest pain (angina).

Other conditions may also develop including…

Angina, though not technically a condition becomes a very important symptom because it is an alert to a very serious underlying condition.

Signs And Symptoms of Angina

Angina symptoms can be a little confusing. At times a person with angina may think he or she has a case of indigestion. But usually the patient feels…

  • Pressure
  • Squeezing
  • Tightness
  • Burning

… in the chest. 

Usually the pain starts in the chest behind the breastbone. It may also occur in the…

  • Neck
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Jaw
  • Throat

Sometimes other seemingly unrelated symptoms accompany angina. These symptoms may include…

  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Light-headedness
Angina symptoms vary depending on the type of angina one is suffering. Basically there are three types of angina... stable, unstable and variant. 

Let’s look at each type briefly.

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  • And chronic inflammation?
  • And pH and blood sugar imbalance?
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  • And poor nutrition?
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Three Types Of Angina

Stable angina (or chronic stable angina) is the most common type. Usually the painful episodes associated with this type of angina are predictable. They occur when the heart must work harder. Exertion such as running will predictably bring on an episode. Emotional or mental stress may also bring on an occurrence. 

Stable angina events usually last only a few minutes, ending when the person rests or relaxes. The pain can begin in the chest and spread to other areas like the arms, shoulders, and back. 

Unstable angina is not predictable like stable angina. And it indicates a much more dangerous situation. It often occurs when the person is at rest, even asleep. In addition the episodes are more severe and last longer.

Unstable angina is a signal that a serious heart incident could soon occur and should therefore be treated as an emergency.

Anyone with this type of angina should be evaluated in a hospital emergency room or a chest pain unit and monitored closely. Though angina is not a heart attack it is an indication that the patient is at high risk for…

  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Severe arrhythmia
  • Sudden cardiac arrest

Variant angina (also called Prinzmetal’s angina) occurs spontaneously and almost always when the person is at rest. The pain associated with it is often severe. Unlike the stable variety it is not brought on by physical exertion or stress. Most commonly attacks occur after midnight. 

Variant angina is caused by a spasm in a coronary artery. Most of its sufferers have severe coronary atherosclerosis in at least one major blood vessel. The spasm usually occurs very close to the blockage.

Treatments For Angina

There are a few drugs that can relieve angina symptoms. For example… 

Coronary vasodilators cause blood vessels to relax. As they relax the opening inside the vessel gets larger. This has the double result of easing the heart’s workload and allowing more oxygen and nutrients to get to the heart muscle. 

Blood pressure control can also alleviate angina symptoms. High blood pressure increases the heart’s workload and need for oxygen. Obviously, then, reducing blood pressure reduces the heart’s workload and need for oxygen. 

Drugs such as beta-blockers are sometimes administered to slow heart rate. Slowing the heart rate accomplishes the same goal as reducing blood pressure. It reduces the heart’s workload. 

Other treatments involve more invasive techniques. For example, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty is used to improve blood flow to the heart by removing a clot. A catheter (flexible plastic tube) with an attached balloon is inserted into the blocked blood vessel. The balloon is then inflated to squeeze the plaque deposit. A stent is often placed in the opened artery to keep it open. 

Laser angioplasty is similar to the above except it uses a laser to remove the clot. Another option is an atherectomy. Instead of using a laser this procedure uses a rotating sander to remove the clot. A stent may also be applied with both of these methods to keep the blood vessel open.

Of course the choice to utilize any of these procedures is a decision you must make with your doctor.

But beyond these choices…

What Can You Do?

Angina is usually the symptom of a long-term condition related to the buildup up arterial plaque. If you experience symptoms related to angina see your doctor.

It could be an indication of a critical situation.

Whether or not you have experienced angina symptoms there are certain things you can do. Of course…

… can go along way toward preventing and reversing atherosclerosis and therefore coronary heart disease.

But what else?

People who consume higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids statistically have a much lower incidence of coronary heart disease. Omega-3 reduces atherosclerosis and makes blood platelets less sticky. Many of the medications given for angina temporarily reduce the heart’s workload.

Omega-3 over time can help prevent and reduce the plaque build-up that causes angina and other conditions related to coronary heart disease.

For this reason, and others, the American Heart Association recommends higher levels of Omega-3 through diet and dietary supplements for anyone with coronary heart disease. 

Getting more Omega-3 is relatively simple. Eat more cold-water oily fish and take high quality Omega-3 supplements. But because it is simple it is easy to neglect.

Don’t neglect it. Do it.

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High blood pressure is something else you can influence. We have gotten used to the fact that many people have high blood pressure. But that doesn’t make it acceptable. The fact is high blood pressure wears down your heart. We have already seen that in relation to angina. But high blood pressure also contributes to other serious condition such as…

  • Heart attack
  • Cardiac death
  • Congestive heart failure

Don’t accept high blood pressure. Get it down.

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Back to Omega-3. Many people have had a good deal of success bringing down their blood pressure by adding Omega-3 supplements to their other heart healthy habits. Since you will already be taking Omega-3 supplements to safeguard against coronary heart disease this is just an added bonus for you.

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