Angina Pectoris (which is Latin for “Squeezing of the Chest”), or as it simply known, angina, is a condition in which a person feels tightness in the chest area. It has often been confused with a heart attack. In some cases, it has been just that; but basically angina can be caused by a combination of factors. There are two types of angina. One is stable angina, or the kind of angina that is most common. The other is unstable angina, which is rarer and potentially much more dangerous.  The kind of pains that are accompanied by angina includes such factors as: feelings of indigestion, heartburn, afeeling of weakness, nausea, cramps, and shortness of breath.

Persons can have bouts of angina usually following work involving heavy exertion or after eating a heavy meal. The heart muscles demands more blood than the narrow coronary arteries can produce. As a result, the person begins to feel a sharp pain in their chest. which can last from 1 to 15 minutes or even longer. What are the symptoms of angina? The following symptoms are: afeeling of tightness or pressure in the chest, in which the person feels as if their heart was being squeezed; aching sensations across the chest, particularly under the breastbone; the pains begins to spread, to the arms, neck, jaw or even the teeth.

If an individual has any of the above symptoms, they should see their physician immediately. They will require that the patient take an EKG (Electrocardiogram) test, or a heart stress test. If the patient shows signs of angina, they will be put on a treatment regimen. They will be atrongly advised to avoid such things as engaging in strenuous activites and eating heavy meals, and they may be even put on a certain diet. Angina can be overcome, but only by determination and following the physician’s complete instructions.

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