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Angina (angina pectoris)


What is Angina?

Angina is a heart condition. It occurs when the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscles lessened by an accumulation of fatty ingredients. This is the time when the heart muscle does not receive adequate blood and oxygen supply resulting in severe pain and can be frightening. Usually, the pain begins from the breastbone in the bottom of the chest, extends to the left shoulder, and goes along the inner side of the upper arm to the tip of the little finger. If you have unexplained chest pain, seek medical attention right away.

What are the Symptoms of Angina?

The symptoms of Angina involve chest pain and discomfort. It feels like the chest is squeezing, burning and the patient experiences tremendous pressure on the chest. The pain can spread to your arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back.

Might Experience:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating

What are the Causes of Angina?

Angina is caused when the heart arteries become narrowed by fatty deposits called plaques. It reduces the blood flow to the heart muscle. This condition is also called coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the causes which trigger Angina can be categorized into three types. Stable angina, Unstable angina, and Prinzmetal’s angina.

Stable angina is a condition when your heart demands more blood due to physical activities like climbing stairs, exercising, walking, etc. but unable to get that due to narrowed arteries. However, some other factors like emotional stress, cold temperatures, heavy meals, and smoking can also narrow arteries and cause angina.

Unstable angina is considered to be more severe as this condition occurs when the blood vessel got raptured due to the excessive fatty deposits and suddenly decreases the blood flow to the heart muscle. This happens as the ruptured blood vessels can form blood clots that partially block the heart’s blood vessels, and it may cause a heart attack.

Illegal drug cocaine may initiate Prinzmetal’s angina. This kind of angina is triggered by a rapid spasm in a coronary artery, which momentarily reduces the artery.

When to see a Doctor?

Any heart condition can turn into severe and may need immediate medical assistance. For angina one should not wait if the chest pain lasts longer than a few minutes and doesn’t go away even after taking medicines prescribed for angina. This may be because you are having a heart attack. However if you are experiencing discomfort in your chest for the first time and causing moderate to severe chest pain then you need to see a doctor immediately.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Angina

  • Quitting smoking.
  • Monitoring and controlling health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
  • Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Increasing your physical activity after you get your doctor’s OK. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. Plus, it’s recommended that you get 10 minutes of strength training twice a week and to stretch three times a week for five to 10 minutes each time.
  • Reducing your stress level.
  • Limiting alcohol consumption to two drinks or fewer a day for men, and one drink a day or less for women.
  • Getting an annual flu shot to avoid heart complications from the virus

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Angina

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Shringa bhasma, Musta and Arjuna churna mix| Arjuna, Saffron mix in milk and water | Ginger and Shringa bhasma paste
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
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Avi Kumar

Avi is an irreverent hard-core Engineer turned Marketer, who is focused on unveiling the secrets of Ayurveda, scientifically. His aim is to research Ayurveda, take what works, discard what's superseded by new discoveries, and in all increase in human knowledge.

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