Angina pectoris

Herbal treatment of angina pectoris

Characteristics of angina pectoris

Angina pectoris or angina is chest pain caused when not enough blood supply is provided to the heart.

Angina pectoris is more bound to appear in people living in the Western World than those living gin the Third World. There are more factors in rich countries which can explain its development, such as high fat diets, superior smoking, lack of exercise, diabetes, hypertension or cholesterol.

Angina pectoris types

There are two types of angina pectoris:

Stable angina: It occurs after physical exertion, more or less strong, after a heavy meal, stress, etc.. It lasts approximately between 1 and 15 minutes and responds well to rest or medications. (Nitroglycerin tablets) It is a cause of myocardial infarction or heart attack and often evolves into unstable angina.

Unstable angina: It occurs at rest or without much effort, showing a longer duration than stable angina. It does not respond so well to medication., posing a greater risk of heart attack.

Causes of angina pectoris

Angina pectoris is produced because the heart muscle does not recieve enough oxigen. This situation, medically known as myocarcial ischemia, derives from an insuffient blood suppply to the heart muscle, generally as a result of coronary arteries being blocked.

The main cause of this blockage is ateroclerosis, a condition in which arteries become narrower because of the thickenning of arteries walls as a result of cholesterol accumulation.

Sometimes coronary arteries are not really narrower that normal but they lose elasticity because of some diseases, such as Cardiac syndrome X. Other possible cause of angina pectoris is the low capacity of blood to carry oxygen, such as in the case of anemia or as a ressult of smoking.

Symptoms of angina pectoris

The main symptoms of angina pectoris are:

– Chest pain, a little to the left of the sternum with radiation to left arm, jaw, neck or back.

– Sensation of gases.

– Acute pain, chest pressure, chess heaviness, chest burning, suffocation, etc.

– Nausea, vomiting

These symptons can become worse in cold weather, under stressed conditions or after having eaten a lot

Diagnosis and treatment of angina pectoris

In front of any symptoms that may indicate angina pectoris, we recommend a quick visit to the specialist who will make the proper diagnosis.

The diagnosis is generally based on different test, such as blood pressure testing, electrocardiograms, angiograms, stress testing etc.).

After diagnosis, the doctor will decide the best course of treatment. (Aspirin, nitroglycerin sublingual, surgery, etc.).

The natural treatment of angina pectoris involves using a series of natural resources that help prevent disease or reduce its symptoms.

More information on angina pectoris natural treatments.

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