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More About Angina

 

Angina

Angina is a pain or discomfort in the chest, arm, or jaw that occurs when narrowed or blocked coronary arteries (the vessels that supply blood to the heart) do not allow enough blood flow to the heart muscle.

Angina typically occurs during exertion or emotional stress, when the heart works harder and needs more oxygen.  It is usually relieved by rest.

What You Can Do About It

Based on how severe your condition is, your doctor will prescribe a treatment plan that's right for you.  Follow your doctor's instructions, take medications as directed, and report any changes in your symptoms or any side effects from medications.

The treatment your doctor prescribes is only part of what needs to be done to control angina.  It is also important to help prevent further build-up of fatty deposits in your arteries by controlling those factors that brought on your condition in the first place.

You can help control those factors by making certain changes in your lifestyle; enjoy a heart-healthy diet, lose weight (and keep it off), do not smoke, exercise regularly, and reduce stress in your life.